We claim to love God. We claim to love others. We claim to be children of love and light, as he calls us to be.
But we’re not.
We belong to the darkness more than any other group of people on earth.
I recently heard someone say, “There’s no hate like Christian love.”
Sadly, it’s true.
We cloak our hate with those manipulative words: “I’m saying this because I love you. If you don’t listen, you’ll go to hell, and because I love you so much, I don’t want that for you. I want you to go to heaven. Don’t you know that God doesn’t love you?”
“Because you’re LGBTQ+. That’s why I hate you. That’s why God hates you.”
Each and every day, millions of people truthfully say: “No one has ever been more cruel to me than Christians. I wanted to kill myself because of Christians. I was outcast from society because of Christians. After what they’ve done to me, how can Christians expect me to want to become one of them? That’s the last thing I want. I don’t want to be so full of hatred as they are.”
Brothers and sisters, I weep.
Not only because this is how you act, but because I once acted the same way.
LGBTQ+ community, you are loved. You are my friends. God loves you. You are his friends. For he dearly loves each and every one of his children.
Please forgive me for what I did to you.
I weep that so many are still so cruel to you. They are in the wrong, and they will be judged.
To those of you I know personally, and to those I don’t, know that God calls us to be allies. Because he is your ally. He is on your side. So am I. So are many of us. We all pray together that our brothers and sisters will repent.
Remember this: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
Brothers and sisters, what did the Lord Jesus come into this world to do? “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:17).
If you don’t believe that everyone is loved by the one you call “your” Jesus, I grieve and weep for you.
LGBTQ+ community, this is a letter from my heart. I know it can’t erase the pain you have felt, and which – to my heartbreak – many of you still feel. But I hope and pray that whoever reads this knows that you are loved. Jesus is for the world – to save it, not condemn it. This means he is for you.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us” (1 John 4:7-12).
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away” (1 Corinthians 13:1-8).
Be children of love and light.
Be an ally, as God is our ally.
Choose unconditional love,