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6 comments | Sunday, December 09, 2007

The past few weeks have been particularly challenging for me and with the exception of two people nobody else was privy to the emotional turmoil I was experiencing. I knew what was causing my pain but I didn't want to acknowledge it because I was afraid it would cause me to do what I considered to be the unthinkable. I was mad at the world and God but more so his church and I was prepared to never go back.

These feelings were particularly troubling for me because I attend an LGBT affirming church where all of God's children are welcome to worship regardless of their sexual orientation. For a few hours on Sunday morning my church reflects the beauty of God's creation and simultaneously shields a marginalized people from a cruel world. But it's what happens after I leave the sanctuary of The Vision Church of Atlanta that I'm reminded of the toxic theologies and homophobia we often endure on a daily basis, most of it coming from the church and I'd finally had enough.

I consider myself to be a pretty strong and confident person. I know who I am and I don't allow other people to define me. I promised myself a long time ago that I would never allow anyone to deny me the God-given right to worship, inherit the kingdom, or live my life authentically. But I know other people who share a same-sex attraction that aren’t as strong and are suffering in silence.

When you are constantly being told you're an abomination, a whoremonger, a mistake, and a demonic spirit after a while you'll start to believe it and it will manifest itself in your life. Before you know it you will begin to look in the mirror and hate the person staring back at you. The person God created in his wonderful image, but yet the person the world is so quick to persecute and throw away like yesterday's trash.

While I was not attending church regularly like I'd always done in the past, I realized I was giving MAN the authority to take away what he never had the power to give; my relationship with God. For it was MAN who was attempting to rob me of my soul and it was MAN who said my life didn't matter.

Have you ever noticed what happens to same gender loving people when shame tied to religion is thrust upon their lives? I don't think it's a stretch to say that there wouldn't be a down low phenomenon, or anonymous online hook-ups that end in death, or thousands of new HIV infections everyday, or people who are infected but don't seek treatment until it's too late because of stigma and shame.


I'm mad at those people who preach intolerance and hatred disguised as religion and I'm mad at the people who blindly believe, "God said it, so I believe it, and that settles it" and proceed to create hell on earth for gays in the name of God. I'm sorry but more times than not "your preacher said it, you're afraid to question it, so you believe it".

I challenge my LGBT brothers and sisters to take back what's rightfully theirs in this world.

Take back your life

Take back your self-respect

Take back your dignity

Take back your civil rights

Take back your right to marry the person you love just like everyone else

Take back your right to walk in your truth

Take back your right to worship without the fear of fire and brimstone

Take back your right to be included in God's favor

Take it back and dare someone to try and steal it from you!



<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I love this post! I really hope everyone takes this to heart and take there God Giving power back!

December 10, 2007 11:33 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

As An openly Gay MInister, I tahnkyou for your post. I laos encourage you to cintinue pressing forward. Your relationship with God is just that, YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. Know that you can worship God just as you are, and he made no mistakes when creating you my Brother!

God Bless,
Rev. Quan

December 10, 2007 3:50 PM

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December 10, 2007 10:03 PM

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December 10, 2007 10:04 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Very empowering...this really is. But, this struggle is universal...really, in more than one way.

December 11, 2007 9:41 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I came across this by accident . . . or perhaps it was design. It has been a very hard few weeks for me and your words found resonance deep withing.

I'm not sure I'll come out the abyss tomorrow, but your words have given me some hope.

Thanks for letting me know that I do not have to walk alone.

August 13, 2011 11:53 PM


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