Canary in the Coal Mine
Three Quick points for Christian Response to LGBTQ.
Quite often we get this basic question, “How should I respond as a Christian to those around me who have embraced LGBTQ identity or ideology?”
Although it is not an easy answer and can be quite complicated to navigate at times, there are some simple responses that go a long way.
1. All people are valuable: No matter how different our beliefs are we must remember that every life if valuable to God. As a Christian we must ask our Heavenly Father to give us His heart to love those who do not know Him. When we are able to see through His eyes we are able to show kindness and love to those who have chosen to live contrary to the Words of our God. Remember when you were once lost, you needed love and not rejection. Those who have embraced LGBTQ identity long to experience being loved and valued.
2. Build a Bridge: Before we can give advice that is received, we must first have relationship. Take time to be a friend, show love and build relationship before you speak truth that may be difficult to hear. Build a bridge to the heart of the one in LGBTQ, then wait for your friend to open the door to the LGBTQ conversation and be ready to speak truth in love. When you love long enough, the subject will come up. It is vital that you be prepared to speak the truth in scripture and through testimony of those that you know of who have been set free from LGBTQ. You may not know these testimonies personally but you have access to hundreds through our ministry online. Here is one amazing link: Such Were Some of You
3. Tell your Jesus Story: If you know Jesus, you have a story. Loving LGBTQ is no different that loving any other person who does not truly follow Jesus. Just tell your Jesus story; most likely it will not have anything to do with LGBTQ but Jesus will be lifted up and He will draw all men unto himself. The focus is not LGBTQ, the goal is for your friend to be Born again in Christ Jesus. When this happens, the rest of the transformation will follow.
Canary in the Coal Mine
Persecution & How to Remain Standing When the Going Gets Tough
Matthew 5:10-12 – “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
The San Antonio City Council recently voted 6–4 to prevent Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant at the city’s airport. According to councilman Robert Trevino, who made the motion to exclude the restaurant, “With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion. San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”
As most of you already know, Chick-fil-A’s (and the Cathy family’s) so-called “anti-LGBTQ behavior” has never been based upon poor treatment of its LGBTQ identified customers and employees. This mischaracterization has been based upon past comments in support of marriage between a man and woman and, most recently, its consistent support of Biblically based Christian organizations and non-profits such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Salvation Army, a youth home, the WinShape Foundation (a foundation established by the Cathy family), and I am sure many other worthy causes.
How can it be that, now, Christians are being punished for donating to charitable, helping organizations? Why aren’t others being punished for donating to Planned Parenthood, HRC, the SPLC and other leftist organizations? As this battle between Light and darkness intensifies ahead of the 2020 election, it is clear we need God and each other even more. As the writer of Hebrews said in Hebrews 10: 24-25, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Thank you all for your continued prayers and financial support. We hope you are all part of a safe and encouraging church family. Please join us we pray for God to pour out His Spirit on all of us. If you would like to read more about San Antonio’s decision, etc., please click through below. God bless you!