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Suggestions for Understanding Gay Christians

brent-baileyAt the ACU Summit this week I was fortunate to attend a lecture presented by Brent Bailey, a gay Christian. Brent shared the following suggestions:

1. Listen to how our culture and society talk about sexuality and marriages. Brent says, “Christians must come to terms with the fact that they live in a culture that increasingly affirms and celebrates same-sex relationships and condemns those who don’t affirm and celebrate them.”

2. Realize that sexual ethics are only the beginning of the conversation. Brent says, “Separated from relationship with God, sexual ethics on either side of the fence have the potential to become idols, with those abstaining from same-sex relationships doing so from a place of smug self-righteousness, or those pursuing them doing so from a place of selfish carelessness.”

3. Examine whether your church is a safe place to pursue God for people who are gay. Brent asks, “Where else are they going to pursue a relationship with God?” Church needs to be a place where questions and emotions won’t seem foreign or unwelcome.

Challenging suggestions for the church. What are your thoughts or observations on this topic?

You can read more of Brent’s thoughts at

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. bradreis #

    Romans 12:2
    2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

    The goal for any Christ follower is to check out God’s standard and test EVERYTHING from it. The world’s pattern doesn’t match up to God’s standard. Therein lies the problem.

    September 21, 2013
  2. The church must be “a safe place to pursue God,” and sadly there are other groups for which it often is not. It also is a place where we learn to submit to God, his word, and his will for our lives. The remark about smug self-righteousness has broad application as warning for us as well.

    September 21, 2013

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