Lead Them Home was selected as keynote speaker for an organization seeking to find common ground across the “belief gap” within the wider Christian church. Nearly every person in the room had deep convictions for what they believe and why, so it was a challenging context to present in. Typically, this kind of setting has invited debate as Christians attempt to prove one another wrong.
Lead Them Home’s posture is always to focus on “taking Jesus in us to people where they are.” We aim to not get distracted from that “Jesus posture.” At this special event, Lead Them Home did not attempt to tell any church leader how to structure inclusion in their churches given the wide range of contexts present at the event. Instead, we used some of our Posture Shift content to cast a vision that “enhanced care” for LGBT+ persons is needed across the entire Christian church.
It is more widely known that many evangelical churches have not loved LGBT+ people very well over many decades. But did you know that sometimes open-and-affirming churches think their “approving belief” fixes the problem and that everyone should be happy, healthy and hopeful. The problem is that a history of bullying, teasing and exclusion is not fixed by a church’s “beliefs.” Active emotional care and community support in a hurting person’s life is what is most needed. Importantly, this can occur across the entire spectrum of the Christian church – yes, even in evangelical churches.
The Gospel is always about extending Jesus one person at a time – and offering the love of Christ in the places where hearts are hurting – or possibly hungry for something deeper than what this world has offered them.
FEEDBACK: One attendee said, “I thought only an open-and-affirming pastor could say the things we heard tonight. This challenges me to realize that there are Christ-filled evangelicals who are ready to truly care for people. The belief gap is not comfortable for any of us, but I leave tonight encouraged that the whole church can better love people.”