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    Isaac
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    We have so many Bible passages thrown against us, so many theologies used against us simply for being who we are and expressing the joy of God’s creation. We LGBT and allies are here because we realize and recognize the diversity in God’s creation. It is us that realize this because we look beyond the duality set forth by society. We have to work twice as hard to see beyond this. I think that this is a true meaning of carrying our own crosses. So many people are too lazy to expand their minds and learn about us because they prefer to rest in the comfort of their own ignorance, unaware of the world and environment outside their sheltered bubbles that they have created for themselves. It is us that take a step outside our comfort zones to confront ourselves and confront those who demean us. It is easier to hate than to love and learn because the latter take so much effort, but it’s worth it because God grants us peace of mind and of heart. The Lord taught that His peace is not of this world. Strive for the kingdom of heaven, because that is where the true joy is. When you see sincere love, you are having a glimpse into the kingdom of heaven. It is indeed a beautiful feeling.

    We know who we are and when we realize that, we can live freely, openly, and honestly, just as God would want us to live. If we doubt ourselves, we give power to those who want to bring us down. This is the root of fear and insecurity.

    When the homophobic person is gay, they will know what it’s like to have outdated theology used against them, when the homophobic person is gay, they will know what it’s like to experience discrimination. The homophobic person will never be gay BUT they keyword here is UNDERSTAND. They will never understand because they are speaking of an experience that they will never know about. Again, the keyword here is UNDERSTAND. Pay attention, okay. When the act of understanding happens, hate is dispelled. That’s is why we LGBT and our allies are here, to see beyond the duality imposed on us by society. Love has no gender. Love is a gift from God. We have no need to justify ourselves to the clergy, to the homophobic person, or to anyone because in our hearts, we KNOW who we are.

    The cross is a powerful symbol of love and sacrifice. Never forget that! There are many hymns that say “glory to the life-giving trinity” and that talk about the “life-giving cross.” Think about what this means. It’s the cross that gives us life over death. It gives us joy over the abuses we face in life. Im not saying to take pleasure in your own suffering but my words are simple, have hope…please.

    St. Maria Skobtsova says “Love to the end and without exception.” This is the example that our Lord showed us with his own life.

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    Maria
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    I have always found it quite interesting how homophobic Christians often say “being gay and abstaining from sexual relations/marriage/raising children etc is your cross to bear”, without thinking about how perhaps dealing with attitudes like THIS might be our cross. Dealing with being treated like outcasts or mentally ill, “unnatural”, etc.
    I think you’re spot-on when you say the cross is a symbol of sacrifice AND LOVE. People (myself included) do seem to forget that.

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    Joe
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    Well, in my case at least,the homophobic person CAN “become” gay! I HATED gay people (at least the ones I’d see on TV bashing Christianity… I never knew any, or rather, never KNEW I knew any, lol) before I hit puberty and discovered that I myself was gay. For a while, I thought that God was punishing me for hating my fellow man, but I have abandoned that idea. In some ways, I am still “homophobic”, for lack of a better word, insomuch as I don’t care for or identify myself with mainstream gay culture… I find it ugly, shallow, and contradictory to Christ in most ways, much like mainstream “heterosexual culture”. This does not mean I am a self-loathing gay, but you’ll never see me at a gay parade or a gay pride event. I don’t want to dance around in the street in my underware or force anyone to accept me, including other Christians.

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    Isaac
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    Joe, I don’t think you’re being homophobic just because you don’t identify with certain aspects of mainstream gay culture just as a straight person wouldnt be heterophobic just because they dont identify with certain aspects of straight culture. In fact, straight or gay, ANYONE can be materialistic, hedonistic, overindulging, etc. These things are not specific to just one category of people but to everyone. Straight or gay, we’re all in need of God’s love and mercy. Anyone can be shallow, not just gay people.

    I know what you mean Joe, about the gay culture stuff. I dont identify with it either. Remember, anyone can be materialistic, shallow, etc. However, we MUST be careful to not fall into judging others. Remember the story of the publican and the pharisee? The pharisee praised himself in front of God for not being like the publican while the publican asked God for mercy in humility. These are lessons we must remember ourselves too-NOT because we fear a punishment from God but because we desire to live IN love and love OF God. That is why we always ask Jesus, “teach me thy statutes.” I know it’s difficult but it’s not meant to be easy. If we do find ourselves judging others, remind yourself “Lord, have mercy” and sincerely repent 🙂 Remember the meaning of the word “repent” (metanoia: change of mind). Think about what’s going on within you when you are angry and realize why it’s important to have a “change of mind.”

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    Joe
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    Thank you for your response Issac! Im always excited to see a new post here… I agree that we can distance ourselves from sinful behavior and even denounce it, but without love and understanding, it is a sin itself. If we identify and expose sin in others without offering any help or love, it is in vain. (I must worry about the log in my own eye before I worry about the splinter in my brother’s eye!)… I hope all us gay Christians would try to be such good, spititually-attractive, and loving people that no one (religious or not) would say, “hey, there’s that nice gay guy, he’s OK” but instead, “hey there is that Christian guy, I wanna be like him!”

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