Long long ago, a small group of Christians retreated to fishing. This was an activity they knew very well and were quite comfortable with.
Despite being experts, these men fished all night and caught nothing.
Like these first followers of Jesus, we too can retreat to what is comfortable — evangelism within our church walls. Despite all our evangelistic expertise, we simply do not reach certain people or groups of people who will not come to our churches.
Long long ago, Jesus called out from shore, Cast your net on the other side. Without hesitation, his first followers complied.
Soon, their nets were overflowing.
The object lesson was clear: Jesus was saying to them, Do it your own way and you’ll come up empty. Do it my way and your nets will be full.
Jesus knew the fields were ready for harvest, so He called his first followers to go into the fields. Likewise, today, Jesus is calling us to go into the fields — to go to people who will not or cannot come to us.
When LGBT+ persons were powerless, we abandoned them saying their “lifestyle” was a “choice.” We sometimes gave their families poor advice that separated mothers and fathers from children — all in the name of being a “good” Christian.
As LGBT+ persons formed communities that gained cultural power, we preached against their “behavior.” We left the impression that they are principally responsible for the breakdown of the family and morality in our society. I suppose that those who sin in ways we do not are easy targets for such blame — but that makes such blame neither accurate nor justified.
Once the LGBT+ Community gained immense cultural power, we began fighting their activists in what our society calls the “Culture War.” Sadly, Christians who spoke the loudest became the most audible voices representing the Body of Christ. These voices often condemned and pushed people away from Jesus, the Savior of all sinners.
Bottom line: We now know that the Gospel does not translate well in a war.
Today, the church must rise up and share the Gospel with a new voice. It’s time we stop the blame game. It’s time we stop the ranking of sin. It’s time we flatten the ground at the base of the Cross so that people beyond our church walls can hear the invitations of Jesus Christ.
It’s time we try something new.
It’s time we begin ministering directly to LGBT+ persons and their families. It’s time we hear the echo of the Man calling out from an ancient shoreline as He shouts:
Beyond the Culture War, Fish On The Other Side…
Fotos, Inc. That’s what FOTOS means.
There are two promises I make:
- LGBT+ persons will be included in the invitations of Christ via this ministry.
- Orthodox Christianity will not be compromised.
It’s impossible to do both, you say? To that statement, Jesus responds, For man, this is impossible. But all things are possible with God. Abide in Me and you will bear much fruit.
Thank you for visiting my blog. As founder and president of Fotos, Inc. (now “Lead Them Home”), I invite you to join me on a journey toward making the voice of the church sound more like the voice of Jesus… so those feeling judged by the church might hear the voice of Christ beckoning them:
Come to me all who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest for your soul…