Mental health. In the LGBT community.

Posted: September 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mental health has yet again been dragged kicking and screaming to the fore by Asda and Tesco’s silly costume. Most people actually do suffer from mental health issues, wether depression, stress or anything else. This, in the LGBT community is surprisingly high, especially amongst the young people.  A recent survey said that 40% of young people believe they have mental health problems.

The problem with being different, is that people find it difficult to deal with you and when you take on their views of who you are, you can end up with all kinds of problems. Having condemned myself for a lot of my life, I understand this from a personal perspective, having suffered from depression, I can understand this as well. But so many young people struggling with these issues is terrible.

Here is a space for the church, Jesus was complained about because he spent all his time with “tax collectors and sinners”, his critics, the Pharisees (leadership of the church?), thoroughly enjoyed taking him to pieces for doing what he knew should. LGBT people are seen by some churches as the worst of sinners, which, oddly, seems to me to alienate them from the Jesus that sits with us, in the back of the gay bar, laughing and sharing his stories about the real Kingdom of God, not demanding, just giving.

How can we, Christ’s church, built on a foundation of sacrificial love have got to the place where, dare I say it, we have been part of the problem for this group of people? It is time for the redemption of Christianity and the gospel from the hatred towards anyone who does not fit, to the love of those special people, love can really help with a lot of these kind of issues. Instead of “love the sinner, hate the sin”, we should just love everyone. The more needy the more love should be given, because when this person finds Jesus, they find the ultimate love and their redemption is even greater.

What have we done?

If you are in the Hillingdon UK area, my friend Lukasz and his team run Hillingdon Mind for LGBT people http://www.hillingdonmind.org.uk/index.php/projects/lgbt . If you need help please get in touch.

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Comments
  1. Deri says:

    Your ‘mea culpa’ bleating seems all the rage now, even your pope is experimenting with it. But it comes far too late for me – I tried to be christian but could find no faith to share with self-righteous bigots. For some time, MCC seemed to offer the way, but now I live in Turkey (the site of the early church) and except for a local catholic shrine of dubious provenance (Mary’s house?) there’s not much evidence of christianity. Fine by me – the respect and kindness from my Muslim neighbours and friends fills the void left by your church.
    Gay Christian = Uncle Tom

    • Paul C says:

      Interesting point, although I am not a catholic, so he’s not “My Pope”, I do feel some of the church leadership are at best trying to be popular and at worst two faced and hypocritical.

      I feel the need for change and have been working for a long time to bring change, long before these ‘leaders’ started being “pro-gay”. I am not American either, so accusing me of being “Uncle Tom” is also interesting. I also have many muslim friends, I work closely with quite a few.

      You seem very bitter at me, which I don’t really understand Deri, I am just bringing up what is going on here in the United Kingdom, I am saying, what I feel needs to be said. Rightly or wrongly, I am not linked to any government organisation. My views are just my own, the way I see it, I guess that’s the cool thing about blogging.

      Evidence for Christianity is a whole big google search on it’s own!

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