Lead Them Home is not an ex-gay advocacy group: we exist to help evangelicals care for and extend Christ to LGBT+ friends and loved ones. Why is this necessary? After all, gay people can go to gay-affirming churches and there are plenty of them. Right? While this is true, there are still “many” LGBT+ persons who prefer evangelical church settings for worship and community. We owe them a generous welcome.
Additionally, many evangelical parents perceive that they should limit interaction with and withhold acceptance from LGBT+ children. This has a devastating impact on gay people developing a personal faith in Christ. Other evangelicals with LGBT+ neighbors and friends often make mistakes rooted in judgment. In light of this, 80% of our ministry activities are “to” the evangelical church.
We never force theological debate. We do not conduct reparative therapy. We never promise gay people that they will become straight. We never deny teens access to psychological services. We never promise parents their kids will become straight. We never participate in political endeavors. So what do we do?
We teach parents to unconditionally accept LGBT+ children – right where they are. We help churches gain greater sensitivity to the needs of gay youth. We stand in the gap when LGBT+ people are targeted, judged and excluded. We offer encouragement and community to those who have unwanted same-sex attraction. We build bridges between evangelical and LGBT+ communities on university campuses where peaceful dialogue generates greater connectivity between these two communities.
Our theology is in line with the historic scriptural view of homosexuality. We are very clear about that. Our work is highly committed, however, to leveling the playing field. Jesus’ invitation “Come to me all who are weary and burdened” is available to all people because the ground at the foot of the Cross is flat.