I stumbled upon some material today and I felt called to share it with my audience.
It was a group of men discussing their lives in an honest and safe forum. They discussed their attraction to men and how they were exploring this personal journey alongside their Christian faith.
Many of the men talked about a call to celibacy, Others spoke about Mixed-orientation marriage, and others still talked about same-sex relationships.
The common theme was an honest and open discussion. The discussion wasn’t mired in assumptions or limits.
What was so striking about this discussion was its depth and from this experience I started to realize something.
I realized that these men and woman were having a discussion so much more real and honest than we have really ever had in the Church. That the stories and experiences these individuals were sharing far surpassed the content of the discussion we usually associate with the study/debate of sexuality.
These men and woman had lived this experience and they where exploring their lives with God and with friends with an ethos of Love.
They where sharing different perspectives and different narratives of each others lives. They where there for each other and talked as a family.
Lastly there wasn’t a bitterness to the institutions and individuals who had so greatly failed them. Instead the discussion was how to be part of the mission of the church in the most faithful and honest way.
Isn’t that the way of God though. To empower the victims, powerless, and marginalized in order for them to be a witness of the greatness and paradigm smashing power of Love.
I think there are seeds being planted in many of these communities that will bear a fruit so beautiful it is hard to express. I think a lot of these communities will be remembered in glory for being a witness and for tending to discussions that will lead to a harmony and communion we haven’t seen or been able to envision.
This isn’t a post about LGBT or LGBTQIA affirmation or negation in the traditional sense of the discussion we have so many times had.
This is about a new type of discussion and one more fitting for the christian community. A beautiful conversation infused with the breath of growth, honesty, and exploration that I believe is going to bloom into a wonderful flower that all of us enjoy.