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Homosexuality and the Fruits of the Spirit.

Homosexuality and the Fruits of the Spirit.
« on: November 02, 2018, 04:23:17 AM »

      The LGBTQ issue has been something Iíve talked about a lot, not only on this blog but in many other places as well. By now, Iím sure you know where I stand on the matter. If you arenít aware, however, Iíll simply say that it is a non-issue for me. I explain my reasoning here, here , here, and especially here. Agree or disagree, thatís where Iím at with things.
That said, in this piece I wanted to take a bit of a different approach than my usual LGBTQ-inclusive apologetics and flesh out a thought experiment I recently did. What Iíve been doing is focusing on Galatians 5:22Ė23, on what Paul calls the ďfruit of the Spirit.Ē They are as follows: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Now, with these things in mind, when I then start thinking about the LGBTQ folks I know and love, I begin to see a pattern. What is it? They are just as filled with the Spirit as their heterosexual counterparts. In many instances, they are even more Spirit-filled. Let me offer some examples so you can see where Iím coming from, because if you havenít noticed these same things, perhaps itís simply because you arenít yet looking.
Love
It is fairly clear to my mind that LGBTQ folks love others just as well anyone. To say otherwise is, well, starkly ignorant. You see, manyóincluding the gentleman who runs my
website óare in committed, long-term relationships, make terrific parents, as well as dedicated friends. Many go out of their way to bless others, even those who we would consider their ďenemies.Ē Sounds quite Christlike, if you ask me.
If you havenít noticed these same things, perhaps itís because you arenít yet looking.
Joy
In spite of all the bigotry and hatred spewed at them, many LGBTQ folks live joyous lives. They are, for the most part, content and happyóas much as straight folks anyway. Whenever theyíve entered a room Iím in, their joy has often become infectious.
If you havenít noticed these same things, perhaps itís because you arenít yet looking.
Peace
Iíve not known one LGBTQ person who was violent. Iím sure they are out there, but thatís beside the point. Many are not. Many are peaceful: forgiving, merciful, non-retributive, and so on. Many are also dedicated to finding peaceful solutions to the worldís problems. Many are activists, seeking restorative justice even for those whoíve persecuted them and other marginalized people groups. Indeed, manyólike my friend Brandan Robertsonópreach the gospel of peace.
If you havenít noticed these same things, perhaps itís because you arenít yet looking.
Patience
LGBTQ folks are extremely patient. At least the ones I know. Not only are they patient in their daily lives but they have also been patient with me as I deconstructed my formerly held views that they were ďsinfulĒ simply for being non-straight. Iím overwhelmingly grateful for this and owe them a debt of gratitude.
If you havenít noticed these same things, perhaps itís because you arenít yet looking.
Kindness
When thinking about what it means to be kind, numerous LGBTQ folks come to mind: Ex-coworkers who went out of their way to show kindness to strangers, current colleagues who have kindly reached out to me to give me a word of encouragement, friends of my daughter who have been instrumental in her development, and on and on. In short, theyíve been the embodiment of what it means to be kind to others.
If you havenít noticed these same things, perhaps itís because you arenít yet looking.
Generosity
LGBTQ folks are notoriously generous. Iíve seen it first-hand. The gay gentleman who runs my website, for instance, does so out of the kindness of his heart. Iím not sure how many hours heís put into developing the site, but I know itís a lot. And itís pro bono, too! Any money heís received was unexpectedóI gave simply because I recognized his generosity and wanted to give back for how much time heís given to me.
If you havenít noticed these same things, perhaps itís because you arenít yet looking.
Faithfulness
Not only are LGBTQ romantic partnerships as faithful as their heterosexual counterparts, but so too are their platonic ones. Indeed, my gay friends have been loyal through and through. Theyíve been the embodiment of consistency, and while their relationships of course experience the same ebbs and flows as all other relationships, so very many have remained faithful and true.
If you havenít noticed these same things, perhaps itís because you arenít yet looking.
Gentleness
LGBTQ people are amazingly gentle. Iíve been touched by how nurturing they can be. When Iíve been at my lowest, Iíve had many gently remind me of my self-worth and the good I bring to the world. Theyíve done this, furthermore, without condemnation in their hearts and judgment on their lips. And itís been a gentle reminder to how amazing these folks can be.
If you havenít noticed these same things, perhaps itís because you arenít yet looking.
Self-Control
LGBTQ folks exhibit a good deal of self-control, especially given the fact that they have endured an unfair amount of social scapegoating and marginalization. I donít know about you, but if I had to endure such crap I am not sure I would have as much self-control as them.
If you havenít noticed these same things, perhaps itís because you arenít yet looking.
Now, given how obviously Spirit-filled many in the LGBTQ community are, what shall we then say? Well, Paul puts it perfectly in Galatians 5:23: ďThere is no law against such things.Ē Hence, should LGBTQ folks live in the spirit of love, then there shall be no law against them. Should they live with joy and give bring joy to others, then there shall be no law against them. Should they live in peace, then there shall be no law against them. Should they be patient, and kind, and generous, and faithful, and full of self-control, then again, there shall be no law against them.
I hope you seriously consider these things, not only for your sake, but especially for the sake of those whom we in the church have consistently marginalized and scapegoated.
May we all live in love and have peace with one another.





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