Whatever your beliefs and experiences of faith and sexuality, I hope you feel at home here. Although on the faith point – I’ll probably be banging on quite a bit about how great Jesus is and how he’s kinda central to everything (Colossians 1:15-17).
I started “thequeervangelical” to write about my own experiences of being a gay Christian and other’s experiences which I’ve found helpful as well. I’ll share my frustrations of being part of two worlds that sometimes feel incompatible, but also the wonderful privilege of being able to speak into such a unique position.
There needs to be more support for LGBTI Christians across the board; those pursuing relationships and those pursuing celibacy. My personal stance on same-sex relationships – the one where I have a girlfriend – stems from the Bible’s central teaching about love being the fulfilment of the law; the Biblical passages which speak about same-sex relationships springing up amid idolatry and exploitation; and repetition of seeing Jesus rebuke religious leaders for being too legalistic.
That said, I have determined to know nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2). For when we look to Christ and behold his glory, we can only reflect His glory in increasing array:
“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18
I strongly affirm religious freedom and freedom of belief i.e. the freedom to believe in two complimentary sexes and marriage between a man and a woman, and also to vocalise those beliefs. We need different kinds of people around us to challenge, sharpen and grow us. On a Christian level, we’re designed to be a complimentary body of Christ with different gifts. However, it saddens me to see these beliefs – and any beliefs – said without love.
There’s a lot that could be said, but for now justone. Welcome.