My Poverty, and My Apology to the Gay Community

randomlychad  —  August 8, 2012 — 10 Comments

On behalf of the church, I would like to apologize to the gay community for the message we send:

Change for us, clean up your lives, then we’ll love you.

Here’s the deal: I don’t want you to change for me, for us, rather I want you to come to Jesus. In fact, whether you’re gay or straight, male or female, barbarian, Scythian, slave, or free:

Come to Jesus

Because that’s Who it’s all about. But the message of the Lamb that was slain is often drowned out by the noise of heated rhetoric.

So again I say: I don’t care who you are, just come.

Because Jesus is the only one who really, absolutely, fundamentally loves you as you are. But He also loves you enough not to leave you as you are.

If you will but allow Him to move in your heart.

Because an encounter with Jesus will not leave you the same–whether you are gay, straight, democrat, republican, male, female, indigent, rich, whatever:

Jesus is the great equalizer, and we are all alike in our need for Him. So when it is still, and quiet–at a time likely not of your choosing–when that still, small voice comes, and bids you lay something down to come follow Him, you best do so.

I’m saying this as much to you as I am to me, for I write out of my own need, my poverty.

How about you? What have you given up to follow Jesus?

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  • Amen, brother. I questioned whether I had done the right thing by blogging about the chick fil gay thing but it was worth it when I got a message from a gay Christian thanking me for not “making them justify or beg for their place in The Body” and that it meant a lot to them.

    • This post was borne out of a scene found in Lord of the Rings of all things. Gollum is stroking Frodo’s arm, Sam sees it, and rebukes him.

      I want to get out of the way, you know? I don’t want to be a hindrance between anyone and Jesus.

  • The only part of this is how you or I could ever apologize for the church. I can apologize for my actions and attitudes, but not yours. Or you mine. Not trying to be critical but it’s like the SBC apologizing for their forefathers role in slavery. Can they really apologize for things that happened years ago? Can I apologize for others being insensitive? Nope. I can only go out and love.

    • Larry,

      With all due respect, I’m a member of the church; as such, I represent her. It is on that basis that I apologize.

      It’s really about clearing the lines of communication.

      • I understand and I’m not trying to argue with you. It may just be semantics in how I would do it.

  • Love your heart, Chad. You’ve got the right attitude by having a spirit of restoration. That’s what Jesus was all about -- restoring what was wrong in the world & bridging the gap to the Father.

  • This reminds me of when I was doing my internship as a counselor a year ago. I was struggling because I couldn’t relate to a lot of the problems my clients were facing. I remember these words that someone told me:

    “Remember: they need Jesus just as much as you do.”

    • Bingo! That’s it exactly. Christ is not the exclusive province of Christians--we all need Him equally.