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Jesus says to a group of people, "You don't need my approval to be LGBTQ+ any more than you need my approval to be human!"
WHY I'M AN LGBTQ ALLY AND WHY YOU CAN BE TOO:
BIBLE: People say I should read the Bible and then they quote verses. But I studied the Bible since childhood, went to Bible College and got my Bachelors in Bible, went to seminary and got my Masters in Bible, then my Diploma in Ministry. I took years of the original biblical languages, preached from the Bible, and read commentaries and theologians for over 30 years.
THEOLOGY: What caused my theological anguish was who was in and who was out? Why would a gracious God condemn people just for being what they were: other religions,, Atheists, and LGBTQ? I thought my choice was: accept everyone and reject the Bible or accept the Bible and reject everyone. The Bible didn’t help. Theologians didn’t help. Opinions didn’t help. There are qualified verses, versions, and voices from all sides. So I pored over the scriptures until I was ready to give up in total frustration.
PEACE: Then, in 2009, I finally saw! One day my mind was confused and the next it was at peace! It still is! I saw that we are one. There’s one reality but many interpretations and explanations of it. One reality, many thoughts, many words! Our different words express our different thoughts of this one reality. All scriptures and theologies are just human thoughts and words apprehending and articulating this one reality.
If we believe our thoughts that support our intellectual divisions and cling to our words that enforce those thoughts, they will manifest as division. Once we free ourselves from this conditioning, we are free to love beyond opinions and arguments, even holy ones.
Let’s not wait for biblical and theological experts to tell us when they finally agree on the final verdict about LGBTQ+. Because they never ever will! Let love determine how we relate.
You with me?