The Good News about Coming Out
October 11th has become a monumental day for the LGBT, across the United States. It is known as the National Coming Out Day. This Day was born in 1987 where half a million people marched on the streets of Washington D.C. to protest against anti-SSA (same sex attraction). The pressure from this movement is to allow people that have this attraction to “come out” of isolation and publicly voice their same sex desire. For years the church has been viewed as a people who think SSA has no place in the church walls, and is intolerant. The good news is that the Gospel can effectively address SSA in the church community and individually.
The Church community is a place where people come together to experience God’s grace, forgiveness, and healing. The church is not blind to same sex attraction. Through the gospel lens the church can view SSA correctly and deal with people “coming out” relationally.
- Leadership- understand that people are entrusting you with their life struggle and in response we should be willing to listen, sympathize, and give biblical encouragement.
- Friendship- this is an opportunity to represent Christ and the church. Culture expects that Christians will be harsh and judgmental. But we should have a caring response and not give them a reason to steer away from Christianity.
- Relatives- this is a unique relationship to someone identifies with SSA. You may be the closest to this person and have the most influence. Calm them with compassion and build a bridge with communication. Don’t cast them out of your life but be a reflection of God’s transforming grace.
Across our nation people will be taking a step to identify with these hidden desires and are coming out publicly. The individual that is dealing with social pressures will be also seeking out answers from those around them. We must be effectively living out the Gospel so that the individual will not feel isolated. This message of grace should draw people toward community and experience grace upon grace. The good news about coming out is that the church community can deal with same sex attraction biblically.
Remember that the temptation of same sex attraction is not sinful. Acting on the temptation in lust or action is what makes same sex attraction a sin. We are all sinners in need of true transforming grace that is found in Christ.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
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