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    Isaac
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    I want to know how you deal with both sides and what would be your advice? First on one side, the religious community for giving us a hard time just for being LGBT and then the LGBT community who give us a hard time for being religious (and gay). Not even some in the LGBT community will cut us some slack. One guy told me why I would be a believer in Christianity and that he thought that Christianity is an evil religion. They just dont know. If we want to be understood, wouldnt it make sense that we try to understand our fellow LGBT people in other communities?

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    Ron
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    Acknowledge and accept your powerlessness. Stop being a pleaser, especially with those who will not or cannot understand. What others think and feel about you is something you are basically powerless over. That does not mean thT you should stop being kind qnd caring. But, be kind and caring and understanding because of who you are: A child of God. Mak God’s understanding and acceptance enough, and know that with God you are enough. Then you can allow others to believe what they will AND feel good about yourself.
    It is painful, though. I understand that. Yet it is more painful to try to attain understanding and acceptance from those who do not have it to give. They may not so much be unkind. They may simply not have within the,selves what it is you need. god does.

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    Isaac
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    Hi Ron! Thank you so much for your advice! It really helped. I’ve learned that I have no reason to justify myself to others and what others think of me is truly none of my business. I can’t control their thoughts after all. It’s much better to let it go because it’s not worth it.

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    Isaac
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    And I also wanted to add, how can one give what they don’t have? How can we give love if we don’t have it to begin with?

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    Ron
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    You can learn to love yourself first. Learn to see yourself as God sees you. it says in the Bible that we are God’s children. We are His sheep. We are as important as “the sparrows of the field”if not moreso. Remember and remind yourself of God’s love for you as a way to start loving yourself. Do not criticize and blame yourself, god would never do that.

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    Joe
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    Beautiful responses Ron! I agree wholeheartedly. All I can say is that sometimes I do feel like both sides will never ever understand the feelings of religious gay people, especially gay Christians, since most churches make no bones about how they feel about gays… That the gay community (and most of society in general) will always see us as religious kooks, if not outright hypocrites, and the (true) Church will always reject us because they believe so strongly that it is their Christian duty to do so.
    I’m afraid only God can sort this one out!

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