How are you? I got your e-mail today, and it really hit home. Looks like this Thursday, you will be simulcasting a presentation by a psalmist named Dennis Jernigan, who apparently has had a lifelong struggle with homosexuality. Then he was healed through his relationship with Christ.
I had my own struggle with homosexuality, when I was a teen and a young adult. I prayed and prayed for God to change me. I felt lost and alone. And then I realized that God made me just the way I am. And I learned to love myself: a gay Christian. It was wonderful.
I realize that everyone cannot follow the path that I do. I realize that some people believe that homosexuality is a sin. I do not. It’s just a part of me. And that part doesn’t have to change for me to be a Christian. That was the hardest lesson to learn. I spent years away from the church, because I was treated like a leper, when my church family learned the truth about me, and subsequently, turned their back on me.
A couple of weeks ago, I came to a realization. I can worship God. I can be a part of a church family again. There are many churches in my area that have predominately gay and lesbian congregations. Many of these church speak to healing, which I guess is healing the relationships that gays and lesbians have with God. I am going to check out a few in the coming weeks to see where I feel most comfortable worshiping. Then I will choose my new church family.
I’m glad that Dennis Jernigan has found his way. As I am glad that I found mine.
I hope that the simulcast will be a big success for both you and Dennis. It’s important for everyone to express their beliefs. I will be working during the time of the simulcast. I would not listen anyway. I do not believe that it would speak to me as a person, or as a Christian.
It’s always good to hear from you, Tim.
Yours in Christ,