lgbt in the eyes of a young christian girl

Monday, February 15, 2016

As an opening, or some sort of disclaimer, I'd like to state that everything I'm about to write on this post isn't meant to hurt or offend any group of people. I am not trying to spark an argument, nor am I trying to "promote" Christianity in any way. I just felt that I needed to take a stand on what I believe in, and clarify some things in a righteous manner to clear some perspectives, both for me and for others.

My name is Joanne and I am a Christian. I'm a high school student, therefore I well enough know what I'm going to talk about. I follow Jesus Christ, I believe in all that He is. I believe in the existence of Heaven, and in the Bible, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Spiritually and personally, I am His.

But I'm not here to talk about religion. I'm here because I feel like there is an obvious gap or difference between what Jesus is, and what the church is. Globally, I've seen far too many issues about how the church treats people who happen to be homosexual, or transgender, or anything alike. I know the Bible, and I know Christ, and I'm willing to go to my grave saying that what some violent churches have portrayed is nothing godly.

If you happen to be a part of LGBT, on behalf of hopefully Christians across the world, I wish to start by saying I'm sorry about how some churches have treated you. Please don't let some bad people let you believe that all Christians are the same. I find it horrible that some people in my religion are going out of their way to hold up posters labelled "God Hates Fags", directed at the two men holding hands walking down the street. My God does not hate. It's just not what He does. 

I attend a Christian school, and I won't hide the fact that yes, as Christians, we are taught, and so we believe, that homosexuality, bisexuality is wrong. Against the Bible. Against what God initially wanted in the humankind He created. I'm not saying I disagree. I am a Christian, and my job is to stand up for the Bible, and for Christ.

You're right. I can't stand against what the Bible says and I won't. I have to say I disagree on homosexuality or bisexuality. However, I have nothing against other people who happen to be homosexual, bisexual, or transgender. Here's what I believe: I must live the way that Jesus lived. I must do what Jesus would have done. That is what Christianity is about. And the thing that people forget is that Jesus hates the sin, but loves the sinner. 

If I happen to have friends in the future who are part of LGBT, then so be it. If the girl in my campus wants to talk to me about her girlfriend, she should feel free. If a boy next door tells me he has a boyfriend, then that's okay. If I share a class with a girl who then tells me she wasn't born a female, then I'll just nod and listen to her story.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people are still peopleI will treat my fellow humans as humans, and that's it. I will do it because Jesus has never taught us to hate. Jesus once had dinner in the house of a corrupt, non-believing tax-collector. Jesus helped prostitutes. He heals and washes the feet of sinners with his own bare hands. Would it make sense for me then to roll my eyes and gag at the sight of a gay couple? This is why I don't plan on pointing fingers and labelling homosexuals as "sinners". We are all sinners. Always have been, always will be. It's just that we sin differently, right? The way I see it, the people of the LGBT community simply don't have the same beliefs as I do. They don't agree to my faith, and so I know that it's not my place to try and pull them into something I believe in personally.

As an example, just because Muslims aren't supposed to eat pork, doesn't mean they should go out into the world and stop everyone from eating pork. Or do you find Muslim women forcefully putting on hijabs on other women, even ones with different religions? Screaming and insisting that hair must be covered? I highly doubt it. Because that's not what religion is. It's supposed to be sacred, and personal. I believe it's more important to carry the word of God throughout my character and actions, and through the love I show to others. They must know who Jesus is by looking at how I live. They must witness His love by looking at how I can humbly respect others, including those who happen to be non-believers. That's what I call a life goal.

I have learned that avoiding or looking down on people just because of their sexuality or gender preferences will get me absolutely nowhere. And frankly, that sounds pretty evil. So whoever you are, whatever you believe in, whatever your sexuality happens to be, I am okay with that. Yes, I am wearing a cross around my necklace, but my God is a God of love and acceptance.

Please feel free to leave a comment below with your opinions, or questions even. I'll try to answer as reasonably as I can! Thank you for reading all the way to this sentence. I hope this post has encouraged you to understand a little deeper, and I do hope you find at least a bit of goodness in what I've written.

PS: If you have been following my blog for a while now you might notice that I actually posted this a long while ago, however I added a few things and made a few tweaks here and there (without losing the true meaning of this post) and decided to post it again because I felt like I needed to restate this. And also for my English assignment. Hi Miss Ella. :) Have a good evening.


  1. You're probably the first Christian person I agree with on this subject. I don't see myself as a religious person but I respect the one who are no matter what religion they follow. Something I always say to people is "I don't really know if God really existed but if He did, I know He wouldn't be judging people for who they are and for their choices". There's space for all of us in this world, people just need to learn how to respect each other. I have friends that don't have the same beliefs I do and that is ok because we respect each other and that's just how everything should be! I loved reading this :) x

    1. This is the most overdue comment reply of the century but Rita, thank you so so much for your words and for reading this post. <3

  2. I'm also a Christian and I have the same thoughts. I believe God is the Father of all mankind, and that includes the LGBT community. Yes, they go against the Bible, but so is everyone. Hating, discriminating, and dismissing others are just wrong. Even Jesus said He has "not come to call the righteous, but sinners". Thanks for sharing your inspiring thoughts :-)


  3. A beautifully written explanation of what Christians are supposed to believe, and how they should conduct themselves. Thank you for being so transparent. "We are all sinners. Always have been, always will be. It's just that we sin differently, right?" Thats it sista! Christians believe that "ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God" ......we ALL need Jesus. I attended a Christian school as well, years ago of course. I love your blog and you are an extremely talented photographer!
    ~Melissa xx

    1. Thank you for such lovely words, Melissa! It means the world to me that you took the time to read my blog. xo

  4. The Sacrament of Initiation, originally combined baptism, Eucharist and confirmation, was a long and intensive process. open heavens

  5. Persons appreciate shopping for amazing, appealing, fascinating and from time to time attractive aromas for them selves and pertaining to others. This can be executed conveniently along with inexpensively in an on-line perfume shop. Enlightened Christian Gathering Church

  6. Great site! I genuinely adore how it is simple on my eyes it is. I am considering how I may be informed at whatever point another post has been made. I have subscribed to your RSS which may do the trap? Have an extraordinary day! best backlinks

  7. Thank you very much for the sharing! COOL.. lasik Michigan

  8. I realise this is an old post but I wanted to reply anyway.
    Firstly, I think your heart is definitely in the right place and I support the attitude your describing here; we're called to grace and I agree one hundred percent that as Christians it's not about targeting any one people group or type of sinner.
    If someone doesn't follow Christ than why would they necessarily live by Christian values?

    In saying that I am curious what sort of response you would have to someone who is in the church and also acts on homosexual behaviour?
    I guess what I'm getting at is at what point are we obliged to call someone to repentance?
    Not specific to LGBT issues but we definitely have some accountability to other Christians with all sorts of behaviour. Sometimes we even do the opposite like treating gossip as acceptable etc.

    Accountability is not easy, honestly, but we need to do it. Don't think there's much getting around that and I'm not saying you were, just pointing it out to clarify something.

    Considering Jesus' response to the woman who was under threat of being stoned for adultery I am wondering how to apply that to this sort of thing.
    Of course picketing and witch-hunts aren't what we are called to, but when confronted with things directly I feel like we should say something at least.
    Then again, that woman was presumably a Jew and the others present were Jews, as was Jesus. SO it's still within a religious community as opposed to judging those outside.
    Just writing as I think of it but Jesus did tell that woman to go and sin no more and I think there has to be a way to speak truthfully and openly without going out of their life or continually condemning.

    Anyway, I'm happy to discuss if you are but either way good job on your blog and God bless.

    1. Hi again Zac, this is indeed a very old post, hahah. I've thought about re-publishing a better written form of it, but haven't had the guts to (because things are now clearly more heated than they were years before.)
      I've always been taught that we must lead in grace and truth. Meaning, the first thing we give, to the "sinners" or those who are lost, is grace and love and compassion, because that is the heart of Jesus. Once we've started with grace, we then can lead them to the truth. Of course, without condemnation or shame, because we are all sinners and no sin is "better" than another in God's eyes.
      So I guess my response to a church-goer who also engages in homosexual behaviour, would be the same as my response to a church-goer who lies to his family, thinks/speaks badly of others, etc. We try to understand the situation (and where they're coming from), and take that first step with grace. Before feeling like they're "judged", they must first see how Jesus still loves them, in spite of their wrongs. Once they have a clear, definite perception and understanding of that Godly love, which will not leave nor forsake them, then they can be introduced to the truth of His word, and His law, and why it's there for us to abide by.
      It's two sides of the same coin, really. I think it's crucial for the two to work hand in hand. That's why you cannot love someone but let them stray far from what is right, nor can you teach them to be a certain way without loving and caring for them.
      I hope this makes sense. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and for being willing to discuss this with me. Conversations like this are so valuable and necessary to have. :) God bless you too! Feel free to reach out on any other platform if you wish to talk further.

    2. Yeah, I think it's always a question of combining grace and truth.

      Glad we can discuss.


© with risa. Design by FCD.