LGBT You may not understand it

LGBT  You may not understand it, but love them just like God does

LGBTA few months ago, a friend of mine asked me an interesting question, “What would you do if your child was gay?” I responded with an extremely ignorant answer.

“My child won’t be gay. I plan to take my child to church every Sunday and I’ll be constantly praying for them. I’m going to show them that boys are supposed to be with girls and girls are suppose to be with boys.”

Yet after hearing about the numerous youth suicides that occur every year from a young person (ages 10-24) that identities as Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual or Transgender, I soon realized that I not only was stupid to believe that I could force my child to be straight, but I was also being judgmental – something that God would not approve of.

I then thought about God’s second greatest commandment “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Then I thought to myself, “Have I truly loved the LGBT community? Do I even understand them? What have I personally done to show them that I love them?”

The answer is nothing, just like the millions of other people on this Earth that claim to be believers in God but find LGBTs gross, sick, confused or sent from Satan.

We must understand that homosexuals or transgender people grew up just like all of us. They didn’t come from broken homes or dysfunctional families. They haven’t been raped or forced to chose the same sex. They don’t think differently then us. They merely have decided to love a different LGBTgender and/or identity themselves as a different gender, which really isn’t our business anyway.

Do I believe that God made homosexuals and transgender people the way they are? Absolutely! God made us all the way we are and God doesn’t make mistakes, so to believe that God made these people in error is not only ridiculous, it discredits the power of God.

The Bible does give reference to homosexuality and being transgender and according to the Bible both are deemed as things that shouldn’t be done. However, no where in the Bible does it say that believers in God are to shame, hate or disassociate themselves from people that do things wrong. Why? Because we all do things wrong. We are all sinners and ALL sins are created equal.

So can a homosexual or transgender person inherit the kingdom of God? Well why couldn’t they? If we are all sinners and we all have a chance then why wouldn’t they have a chance?

Here is my point.

It’s very easy to steer clear of something that you just don’t understand. It’s easy to hide behind the umbrella of religion rather than doing the right thing. It’s easy to turn a blind eye and say to yourself, “It’s not my problem, so I’m not going to do anything.”

But the hard thing to do is take a stand and truly love everyone, as God asks all of us to do. Even if you do not believe in God, use good morals and do something right instead of allowing something wrong to happen.

Donate money to the LGBT community and take measures to help them. Visit your child’s school and ask their principle if there is a bullying problem with children that identity themselves as a different gender or have expressed liking the same sex. Tell your children to to love everyone and report all bullying, especially if it involves an LGBT youth.

Help this community to be comfortable in their own skin and ask your local church what they do to embrace them. Be a change. Do something. Help save lives.

Here are some statistics for you.

According to Human Rights Campaign, there are more than 10,000 LGBT-identified youth ages 13-17.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.

LGBT youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers.

What have you or your church done to change these statistics?