Posts Tagged ‘Gay Lesbian and Bisexual’

Icon for Wikimedia project´s LGBT portal (Port...

Icon for Wikimedia project´s LGBT portal (Portal:LGBT). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Uganda this week comes the terrible story of Jeniffer, an activist who was beaten and left for dead. So the Daily Extra story tells (clicky). I wish I could just scoop them all up, all of them and bring them here, to the UK to somewhere safer. But they continue to push forward for the freedom just to exist. As a Christian it is my moral duty to help where I can all those in need or those who are persecuted. For me that includes everyone, my Muslim brother, my gay sister, because, after all, we are all human beings. Please support them if you can financially or with your prayers. (clicky)

I just cannot understand why people cannot let others  just live their lives in peace. Bizarre.

Anyway, over to Russia where the pressure is increasing, they are even getting to the point they will be submitting LGBT people to ex-gay therapy, something that has been tried massively in the UK/US and other countries. RUSSIA WE HAVE TRIED IT, IT DOES NOT WORK. Stop persecuting your citizens and instead of destroying, why not build up.

Oddly, the Russian anti-gay movement is NOT founded out of any sort of religious background. But simply out of prejudice. Their reasons do remain a mystery for me as the country was originally communist, with the core value that all people are equal. Much like the US constitution. Please like the Russian LGBT network Facebook page. (clicky)

I just hope one of our governments can help change things for all the LGBT people in the world. But meanwhile, I will be doing what I can. We cannot sit by and watch others suffer in this way.

 

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What is surprising me over these last weeks is the way things are changing in the world. There are places and groups, surprisingly even the Catholics, where LGBT people are now become accepted. The Pope saying that he would not judge Gay people including priests, is a major move for the Catholic church.

Russia, a “non religious” country has become so Anti-Gay that you are not allowed to say the word “gay”, in fact, they are rounding up Russian LGBT people and doing horrendous things to them. The world is responding but it’s slow going.

Mugabe wants all gay people to have their heads chopped off. Bizarre.

So while things get really really better in some places, they get really really worse in others.

I wonder, however, if the Russian/Mugabe stance is a statement against the west, rather than actually anything against LGBT people per-se. It’s like saying “we are Russian, we do not do the thing’s the USA does”.

I wish I had a huge place I could bring all these wonderful LGBT brothers and sisters from these terrible countries and make them safe. I really do. Hmmm that’s a thought.

 

Today, it became law that LGBT people can get married.

The Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth has signed the papers and now it’s the law of the land. It is a massive shift from when I was younger where you would just have to live in fear or pretend to be straight. Things are not perfect though, still a lot of religious types enjoy persecuting gay people and thinking they are doing God  a favour. When in fact, they are breaking his heart.

I look forward to the future in this great great nation of ours. This diverse and wonderful nation that a new understanding can be fostered, being able to accept those of faith and being accepted by them.

That is a bit of an oxymoron actually.

I was wondering around my email this morning when I came across this shocking report, “Christian” parents sending their children BY FORCE to a christian school so they can be made straight.

It’s barbaric and nothing to do with the Christian faith. The faith where there is “no Jew, Greek, Male or Female because we are all one in Christ”. Children and teens taken in the night to these places, it must be terrifying for the children. I know that the loving parents think they are doing the best for their children but they forget one immutable fact, you cannot change a persons sexual orientation, no amount of singing choruses, screaming Jesus Loves me at the top of your voice will do it.

The correct response is to allow the LGBT person to work through their faith with support and love.

http://www.kidnappedforchrist.com

This is there blog.

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Amazingly. 390 votes to 140 in favour of Gay Marriage (except for in church), in the UK.

The sad thing is that the Church of England is exempt from  it. So people in churches can carry on rejecting gay people’s relationships and do it within the law.

But praise God the rest of the UK has come round.

Now all we have to do is wait for God to get angry and send a massive tornado. If he doesn’t perhaps he is not angry with two people being in love. After all, there is no law against love.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Galations 5:22

 

This bothered me…

“So, if two people who practiced witchcraft turned up at the Church of England church and wanted to get married, would you have to do it?”

“Yes, provided they met all the legal requirements, but they would not be able to change the official wording”.

“…and if two people who were gay wanted to make a lifelong commitment to each other, these two have served in the church for 25 years, they would not be able to”

“Yes, that’s right”

…. need I say more.

I grew up believing that you chose to be gay. Ofcourse, I wanted so much to obey God and I thought that God wanted me to be straight. But despite my best efforts I was unable to change my sexuality.

This is, an incredibly important question. Because by it’s nature it brings us to a point where we say, it is natural, I am naturally gay, you may be naturally straight, and my responsibility before God, and before you, is to live an honest, truthful life as I am.

If I meet someone who I love and want to be with, then I will live truthfully, and honestly, before God in that relationship.

The father seeks worshippers that worship him in spirit and in truth. Being in truth means being in the Light, Light shows up darkness, it bathes it, it pushes it away, darkness cannot fight it. So, this question is more about living in truth than making a life decision.