I'm looking at ways we can start a Christian work to engage with people in transition who would label themselves as gay, lesbian it transgender/transsexual (and few realise that some 'trans' people are 'straight') and to see how we can bring some recognition to the fact that God's love is shown to all.
Two of the 'stand out' passages of the Bible have to be John 3.16
'God loved the world (people) so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to save the people not condemn them.'
The second comes from Romans 8.38-39:
'Neiher death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, can ever separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.'
Nothing we've been, nothing we've seen, nothing we've done, nothing we will do can separate us from God's love - we act wrongly but His love remains: Can there be a greater message or a more enabling reality that this?
What I want to do is show God's love in a real and practical way. I'm not looking to promote or endorse but to offer care, love and welcome. Some will applaud, some will boo - but who cares about either? What matters to me is that The grace of God, as shown in Jesus, the Christ, is made real in the lives of all people.
The reason for this?
Actually nothing new - but yesterday I encountered someone who presented many things, one of which was that they were in transition, and Church (the many often represented by the few) had few answers - and that (as a pastor) - left me concerned and saddened.
If you'd like to investigate the ways Church in Tamworth might be able to reach out and offer support and love - message me.
I'm happy for comments and love (always) to dialogue and am always up for a tea in town if you'd like to chat. This is not a plan to 'convert' or to 'alter' people but a desire to make the Christ known and His love made real.
It's easy to love those who we like or are like us - but Jesus calls for much more than that from us.