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My friend Vicky Beeching was interviewed for this article yesterday, announcing that she was gay.
I have had the pleasure of working with vicky for a few years now.
She is one of the nicest and smartest (borderline genius…can’t give her a big head) people I know.
This article was heart-wrenching to read and broke my heart for her. I am sorry she had to walk this walk alone and that the “church people’s” labels superseded the truth in Christ over her life…I have seen so much spiritual abuse over the years, “in the name of Jesus”, and it sickens me when the church paints the wrong picture of the gospel.
I am glad to know this woman.
I may not agree with all her opinions on all things, but I don’t have to.
As she said in her article in reference to her parents disagreeing but loving her:
“It’s a picture of what is possible, even when you don’t agree, that love can supersede everything.”
Love has no strings. Grace has no prejudice and I am so glad God pours that out daily for both of us.
I didn’t post about this to start a theology debate on my site, or on facebook for that matter, so if you have the urge to comment like that… Don’t!
Instead go and love like Christ did!
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you,
Go find somebody in the church that has been labeled by something other than Christ….
give them a hug and tell them that Jesus loves them with a NEVER-ENDING LOVE.
Tell them that no matter what hurt or baggage they carry that they are a son/daughter of the King and have a seat at His table of mercy.
Ephesians 3:14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.