Originally Posted by pnggrad79
I am an out lesbian. I have gone through the struggle of reconciling my sexuality with my conservative Baptist background. I just wanted to let others who may be having the same struggle know that God loves gay people always has and always will, despite what the mainstream American church preaches. There are some straight churches seeking to evangelize the gay community in a misguided effort to save them hence change them. That is not my mission. I am a gay Christian seeking to evangelize and offer hope to another GLBT person who is struggling with their lost faith or with no faith.
Cool cool ... that makes good sense to me. In that case I wish you all the luck in the world. I also want to express my solidarity with you in your struggle ... I can't imagine what it must have been like.
I think I can admit to being a bit over-sensitive when it comes to attempts to evangelize to the community. But what you are doing sounds wonderful -- again, I wish you luck.
And, by the way, I am more than familiar with the misguided churches you mention.
Back in Chicago in the late 90s, one such Church employed the curious strategy of getting rather cute-looking college age men to walk up and down Halsted Street (the main gay drag) late on weekend nights handing out literature for thier suburban fundamentalist church and then asking people if they knew Christ etc etc .... A group of us going out one evening had a rather hilarious discussion with one such evangelist. The details are irrelevant, but it was extrememly funny and tragic at the same time, because the dude was obviously in way over his head and completely nervous, and several of my less-than-subtle friends were ... um .... enjoying it. Personally I felt bad for him. For the record, he declined my friend Jason's invitation to join us for a drink, although I think Jason made him take his number or something.
Anyway ... this story has nothing to do with what you are doing pnggrad I'm sure .... and with that I wish you good luck -- and with your personal journey.