Note: Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog! My main goal will be to share my struggles with major depression from the perspective of a gay Christian.
He’s such a sweetheart. She’s such an idiot.
I don’t know about you, but I almost always hate being labeled. It seems like whenever someone wants to give me a label, it’s not a good one I want to adopt (seriously, why can’t someone, just once, give me the label of hunk?).
Sometimes it’s even harder for me to give myself a label. For a long time, I’ve struggled with the concept of being a gay Christian.
Why? For one thing, many people who proclaim to be Christians don’t believe there’s such a thing as a gay Christian. Ask them, and you’ll find some who could rattle off scripture verse after scripture verse to support their claims.
I’m not going to cite scriptures that I think support being a gay Christian. Maybe I’ll save that for another post.
Another reason I’ve struggled – I went for a long time to a church and was part of a church family that was openly against homosexuality. In fact, it sometimes felt like this particular large church was against just about anyone who looked or acted differently.
That’s why I decided to leave that church before I came out as gay. I didn’t think they’d accept me and I wasn’t really looking to continue being a part of a family that wouldn’t likely love me for who I am. Perhaps they would fall back on the classic, “Hate the sin, love the sinner.”
So, who am I? That’s a question I continue to struggle with and, at times, feel like I’m making some progress.
So, what about you? Who are you? Perhaps an exercise of writing down a list of labels or qualities may be a good start. And, what I think is even more important, a list of who you want to be.
Who am I? A guy who is still growing and developing new self-given labels with each new chapter of life.
He believed he could, so he did.