“I love Jesus and I’m a lesbian!”
A couple of weeks ago, I went to a concert with a friend. Since I rarely get a night out, we went to have a drink while we waited for our Lyft. Our bartender poured our drinks and went about her business. My friend and I sat at the bar talking about the goodness and sweetness of Jesus. Courtney, our bartender, overheard our conversation and boldly proclaimed, “that’s my favorite name!” I turned towards her as she fearlessly screamed to a bar full of people, “yep, I love Jesus AND I am a lesbian!”
My heart skipped a beat. Like honey to a bee, I was immediately drawn to her. Her bravery excited me!
I believe she loves Jesus, and I also believe Jesus loves and accepts her exactly she is. I want to know more about gay Christianity. Wouldn’t you like to know more about the God who sits with those who are told: “they’re sinful, depraved, and shameful?”
I can choose to believe her or a book
Two years ago I would have argued curiously, but still self-righteously that it wasn’t possible because the Bible clearly says… homosexuality is a sin.
If you would like to do your own research on the original word Paul used, you may do that here. I have studied the Scriptures and the term Paul used more strongly suggests pedophilia, or someone exerting power over another human.
Today I’m compelled to hear more. My curiosity has been aroused! Tell me your Jesus story friend. I long to listen to the heartbreaking stories of our gay community, and how often they’ve felt shunned.
can anything separate us from love
I call bullshit! That’s a toxic poison to our souls.
I’m standing on the promise that perfect love drives out fear and there is no fear in love. Since God IS love then there is nothing to fear.
Not even sexual orientation.
I won’t persuade you to change your beliefs, but our culture is changing rapidly. We can approach others with an attitude of love, honor, and curiosity or continue to be the gatekeepers.
There are human hearts being shattered from these issues that some so hatefully speak against.
can I say something crazy?
So many times throughout the Scriptures the religious elite attempted to entrap Jesus. He never once wielded the sword of judgment or accusation. All too often those who were accusing walked away indignant. When asked her stance on homosexuality Lauren Diagle did not take the bait. Tsk Tsk Tsk with fingers wagging and heads shaking, “She’s letting the culture shape her rather than shaping the culture!”
No, she has allowed Jesus to shape her, so she refuses to shame or condemn anyone.
It’s not our job to defend the Bible guys.
“The rainbow is a sign of God’s promise. It’s time we take it back!” I giggle every time I hear this one. The promise is for everyone who calls upon the name of Jesus.
what does judgment look like!
“I can love them, but I don’t approve of their lifestyle.” Insert eye roll. As though it’s our right to approve or disapprove of anyone.
We are incapable of loving others if we are secretly or even openly judging (approving) of them or their lifestyle. Lauren Diagle was also criticized and attacked just for appearing on the Ellen show. What in the holy hell is happening?
Newsflash: people don’t need your approval to be who they are!
I don’t know about you, but I am going to use my time on earth to sow the things that matter like love, kindness, and radical acceptance, so that I can experience heaven here and now, not just after I die.
If you have read my story, one could easily look upon my life and say the girl was so far from God, but the beauty in my story is that it’s obvious that God was never far from me.
Love and acceptance
When Courtney shouted to a bar full of people that she loves Jesus and she’s a lesbian. I knew I was standing on Holy Ground, in front of a fiery bush that was not consumed. She was unleashing the good news of the gospel, that as far as the east is to the west, IT IS FINISHED.
All who choose to come are welcome.
“You can’t tell people what to be, I’m afraid. You can only love and support who they already are.”This Is How It Always Is
We overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. Courtney has an unforgettable testimony because she can openly say, “Jesus is my best friend.” I want to know more of her story, and every story of how the God of love draws people in and showers them with never-ending love. He puts no conditions on His love and has no agenda other than to love.
What about you? Does this make you curious, or does it make you uncomfortable? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. If you choose to unfollow after this post, I will be sad to see you go, but where the Spirit leads I must follow.