“All One in Christ”(Part 5) – “My Beloved…” by the Revd Jide Macaulay
Many of us who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex or Queer (LGBTIQ+) often find ourselves defending hope, speaking out for justice, preaching reconciliation because we know what it is to have a deep desire to be loved and cherished by our Christian family.
These are perilous times within our faith communities. There are many who are clearly on the attack, who seek to offend and want to “defend” discrimination and religious intolerance without any thought of the consequences on the emotional and psychological well-being of those it affects directly.
If you find yourself faced with one of these situations, perhaps you might want to read and reread these two Bible verses (and then maybe read them once again).
For they are filled with hope and assurances. We are God’s people, regardless of our race, disability, faith, religious expressions, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Tragically, many LGBTIQ+ people have had to become refugees as the trauma they have faced has caused many of them to flee their country of origin in order to find a safer place. They have had to abandon their families ,and as they have walked away many have sadly lost the ability to find their faith in God.
God is calling us each to a place of healing and reconciliation, of peace and joy. Scripture reminds us (especially those of us who are LGBTIQ+) that there are times when we may have been called horrible names and victimized.
But not anymore!
People may have tried to tell us that we are not human and therefore that we cannot be a child of God – just because of who we love. However, Paul’s message to the Romans speaks directly to us. He says “And in the very place where it was said to them, “You are not my people”, there they shall be called children of the living God.”
It is therefore important for those of us who identify as LGBTIQ+ to embrace and acknowledge that we too are “My Beloved…children of the living God.”
Gracious God, help us to understand that we are “Dearly beloved, Children of the living God” and that we may enjoy your grace, love and peace in our land.