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?