How Can I Show Christlike Love to the LGBTQ Community?
A great many voices speak into the issues surrounding LGBTQ. Each one attempts to make sense of experience in light of truth as they see it. Apostolic Christian Counseling and Family Services is no different. We engage this topic believing that God is the Creator, and each human has been created in His image and for His glory. We understand the Bible to be God’s Word and our source of truth. We believe in the historic Christian view of marriage as the covenanted union between one man and one woman. We believe each of us has been touched by the brokenness of this world, and yet, God works in our broken circumstances to align our hearts to His.
- When it comes to loving people, we take our cue from Jesus. Jesus consistently showed compassion to the humble and resisted the proud. Jesus had the profound ability to draw the broken sinner to himself. The crowd that kept his company were very often the broken who found love, purpose, and healing in Him. Christ’s example inspires us to care for souls in the same way.
- Support the non-Christian LGBTQ person with the hope of the Gospel. Understand that the brokenness of this person is not mostly their sexual orientation or gender questioning. The most important thing they need is to know Christ. Do not expect your LGBTQ friends to embrace your standards for morality without having Christ in their heart. After all, salvation is in Christ, and not in having sexual attractions with the opposite gender or identifying with your biological gender.
For Further Information
Caught In The Middle: How to Talk About Homosexuality
This PDF article by Jonathan Inman provides helpful principles for relating to LGBT loved ones. These principles include patiently listening, carefully discerning, personally repenting, gently instructing, and mercifully pursuing.
9 Ways to Reach Out to a Gay-Identified Friend
Many of us know someone who identifies as gay, lesbian or bisexual, whether a co-worker, neighbor, or friend. We are often asked, “How do I witness to this person?” The answer is simple: The same way you share God’s truth with anyone else. [FOTF]
Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace and Truth
Author: Glenn Stanton
This 200-page book provides biblically-based, practical guidance for Christians seeking to walk in Grace and Truth in their relationships with those who embrace and live in a LGBT identity.