Facing Facts

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Inspiring the World –

“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”

~ John Wesley

Mr Wesley also said that ‘we should be rigorous in judging

ourselves and gracious in judging others.’

 Fact: The LGBT population in US according to one study is 9 million people.

Fact: As a group, Evangelicals remain by far those most opposed to gay marriage in the US.

Fact: Government laws still that have roots in 19th century; prejudices are fueling 21st century hate, and writing discrimination into law moves society backwards. This is an open invitation to hate and intolerance.

Fact: There are still countries that enforce the death penalty for homosexuality as well as hanging, decapitation, stoning, imprisonment, flogging, improper burial; there is no political freedom or human rights.

I just now saw the recently released video that’s slamming what critics are calling the “homofascist monolith.” They are calling for a new “San Francisco earthquake” to shatter it. Well that certainly isn’t Christian. [The San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fire, in 1906, destroyed over 80% of the city and killed over 3,000 people]  We have seen images of ISIS throwing gay men off of roofs, and cliffs; and a California man recently proposed a law to kill gays with ‘bullets to the head.’

These put all anti-gay laws to shame but let’s look at other great shames as well:  In Alabama the KKK is publically siding with the State Attorney General in his vehement opposition to same gender marriage.

As we see there are senseless acts of violence around the world:  LGBT  people are targeted, assaulted and far too often murdered: LGBT Children and teens are taunted by their peers, beaten and bullied, pushed out of school, disowned by their own families, forced into marriage … and, in the worst cases, driven to suicide because of pressures caused by bullies.

Two years ago a friend of mine; a gay man of the cloth was kidnapped by a gang of men and held for three days in an apartment – these men sodomized him repeatedly with a broom handle and a beer bottle to teach him a lesson.

A Lesbian in Africa was gang raped by several young men [to cure her of her being a lesbian] then before they left one of them shoved a toilet bowl brush in her vagina.

This is evil.

“Creating safe and inclusive congregations for people who are LGBT embodies Jesus’ message that we are all one in Christ (Galatians 3:28). Such communities create transformational and, in many cases, life-saving experiences. As we work to better understand the needs of people who are LGBT, the best course of action is often to simply listen with an open mind and heart.

An authentic desire to support the needs of people who are LGBT will help all of us to discern the path ahead; we can build a ministry rooted in unconditional love — if we want to.

“It will take strong leadership from many people to make our communities safer and more inclusive place for ALL people including LGBT – It would be more productive not to dwell on theological arguments that are based in scriptural condemnation of things like same-sex practices; instead our dialogue should focus on the core Christian values; values such as love, compassion, grace, mercy, justice, unity and/or forgiveness.

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