Our vision as a missional ministry is to love LGBT+ people and to help increase family acceptance. Unfortunately, many Christian families have been taught that holding onto their beliefs about sexuality means breaking their relationships with LGBT+ loved ones.
However, there is a way to radically love our sons and daughters without compromising beliefs by making love and acceptance our priority.
Acceptance = the Opposite of Rejection
Parents who have raised their children in the church, prayed for their salvation, pointed them to Christ, loved them by laying down their lives, and then watched their grown children to walk away from the faith will not abandon their children.
Most parents in this situation are not even going to question whether they should stay in relationship with their kids, accepting them as the dear image-bearers that they are. This is acceptance motivated by love.
You see, acceptance does not mean approval. There will be disagreements between a Christian parent and their adult child who no longer shares their faith. This does not mean parents need to reject their kids. If parents reject their unbelieving adult children, how will they be able to share the love of Jesus with them?
There will be disagreements between a Christian parent and their adult child who no longer shares their faith. This does not mean parents need to reject their kids.
Love + Respect = Acceptance
On the other hand, many young people who come out as LGBT+ or same-sex attracted (SSA) want to continue to love Jesus and be a part of the church. Instead of finding acceptance from parents and leaders who are willing to nourish their faith identity, they often find themselves neglected and ignored at best — or kicked out of both church and home at worst. Our younger sisters and brothers in the faith who happen to be LGBT+ just want to be loved and respected. Love plus respect equals acceptance.
We cannot share the love of Jesus Christ unless we resolve to be in close relationship with our LGBT+ loved ones.
Life-giving relationships are the best transmitters of Christ in us. We cannot share the love of Jesus Christ unless we resolve to be in close relationship with our LGBT+ loved ones. To see and hear the person standing before us. To listen without judgment. To comfort them in the midst of their fear of rejection. To say “I am not going anywhere” and in the midst of your own discomfort remain by their side regardless of differing beliefs – this is acceptance.
Josh has an M.A. in Biblical Literature, and his greatest passion is help people grow in their relationship with Jesus.
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