Generous Father God, thank You for the joy that comes in giving from a cheer-filled heart. And thank You for the ways in which You provide abundantly for our needs.
Our Daily Bread
I realized that I haven’t posted in a while, whoops! Here you guys go!
(Whoops, I like wings…)
Also, if an LGBTQ person tried to “overcome their same sex attraction” by dating someone heterosexual, even marrying them, isn’t that a ticking time bomb? Do you actually believe homosexuality can really ever be overcome and someone can become straight? I’m genuinely curious as I was raised in a very secular environment. Apologies if I sound rude! What about marriages that end because one partner later comes out as gay, shocking their spouse and kids after years? That’s so heartbreaking to me. (question # 2)
American Christians are often stereotyped as the “God hates gays” guys, and I really don’t want to believe that! It’s just confusing, as there are many well known churches where I’m from (Canada) that perform gay marriages and openly welcome the LGBTQ, while American churches often come off as unclear or intolerant/bigoted (could be the media?) Again, I’m not trying to be disrespectful, just curious about this seemingly very wide spectrum of vastly different beliefs among Christian groups. (question #3)
Not sure if these questions are all from the same person, but regardless, since they are all on the same topic I am going to do my best to answer these questions here. There are a lot of them, so apologies if I miss one, or don’t fully answer, but I appreciate these genuine questions. You are not coming across as rude!
This is a sensitive topic but one that I don’t mind sharing my perspective on. I do believe that homosexuality is a sin, and sin is serious, but this does not mean that homosexual people are disgusting and deserve persecution. Quite the opposite, we are all sinners, and we should regard our brothers and sisters who struggle in this area with understanding, love, and grace.
This is a controversial opinion but I do believe that same sex attraction can be overcome. For this reason I usually say “same sex attracted” not gay/lesbian/ or any term that implies that this is an innate trait that you are born with. There are conditions for a same sex attraction to be overcome though. It requires the person who is struggling to surrender to God, to repent, and to desire a relationship with Christ more than the desires of their flesh. There are actually a few Christian voices who speak openly about their choice to love Christ and be loved by Him, over their desire to be attracted to the same sex. Some have actually said that they were more surprised than anyone when upon asking God to help them with these desires, God showed them their spouse, who they never would have thought they would be attracted to before. So yes, it is possible to overcome it if you sincerely love Christ and want to make His will your own. That doesn’t mean that you might not struggle with it ever again, but it does mean that you will not have to live a life where you feel chained down by those desires.
So a person who is still actively struggling with these desires should not get married thinking that that will fix things. It is also worth noting God does call specific people to a life of singleness, like the apostle Paul, and He uses single people for His kingdom work just like He uses married couples.
I am from Canada too, and I know that there are churches out there that say LGBTQ marriages and relationships are okay, but you have to understand that these churches are not following God’s word and are making their own exceptions. Any church that changes God’s word to suit their own agenda is a church that should be avoided. Although it makes them maybe seem nicer and more palatable for our Western sensibilities, if they are are not following the bible they have no foundation and have no credibility to preach God’s word if everything is just open to interpretation.
There are plenty of great churches out there that still preach the bible, yet they want to love and walk along side people who are same sex attracted. The churches that I have attended (non-denominational Christian churches) have never had a sermon where the pastor is condemning gay people and shaming them, but I have seen people coming through the doors of a church feeling confused, broken, dealing with all sorts of things, and they experience the love of Christ and their lives are changed forever. It’s beautiful how Christ can transform us all, not even just talking specifically about same sex attraction.
tl:dr - Homosexuality is a sin, but there is hope for people who struggle with this. Their hope is found in Jesus. In submitting to Him, they can be made a new creation, no longer chained down by those struggles, but living an authentic and full life in Christ’s love. There are churches that recognize this truth, yet don’t want to shame people or condemn them for these desires. Likewise, churches that deny homosexuality is a sin, and churches that want to persecute LGBTQ people are not accurate representations of what they church is called to be.
Hope that answers your question. If you do identify as LGBTQ please know that I don’t hate you, I love you, and Jesus loves you. ❤️
It breaks my heart seeing videos like these- I’m a news person, I follow everything because that’s one of my priorities in life is to know the world around me. To understand the metalities of those around the world 🌍 even though I may not agree I observe without immediate judgement, usually after a deep analysis and I think to myself why is it that harshness and cruelty has become so common? How is it violating someone’s personal right seem normal?
Are you actually preventing a disease or making it worse? We have those who uplift the weak and we have those who continuously step on them. The fear isn’t COVID-19 the fear comes from the uneducated minds and unethical actions.
I am ready for more and it is coming to me ✨
It’s truly amazing when Spirit prepares me for what’s to come through a feeling or an inner knowing that can’t easily be explained. I know that my guides are watching out for me. I know that what happens in life is always for my highest good, no matter how confusing or unfortunate situations may seem. I live confidently in the knowing that I may not always get what I want, but I will always receive what I need.
Contrary to popular belief the events that have transpired have not broken me. I don’t strive to be strong. I don’t strive to be a survivor. I strive to add value and happiness to the world around me.
At the core of who I am is an honest, loving, caring person that sometimes doesn’t say what I want to say because I know that the other person is just who they are and my opinion is just my opinion. In my daily life, I will exclude those that are people who don’t add value and happiness to my life. In my work life, I don’t have that as an option.
So no, I’m not broken. I just think differently. I don’t play political games with people. That doesn’t make me happy and it provides no value. I want to do what is right for the greater good because in my mind that is what will bring the most value and the most happiness to the largest amount of people.
I do care what others think. More people should. It would make for a society where others are respected, that other’s opinions matter, that there is a free flow of ideas and concepts.
I do need to work more on not caring about other people who do not hold value in the world around them. The person who races by in their expensive car, which weaves in and out of traffic, that then, complains when they get wherever they are going in such a hurry of how no one drives well. They are the fabric of what makes our society into the non-caring, self-centered, egotistical culture that it has become.
So no, I may have retreated to lick my wounds. I may have been on the brink of complete despair, I may have lost track of my value, I may not have realized my gifts, I may have allowed others to affect me in a way that it caused me to behave poorly. But I am not broken.
I have cracks that have been repaired and may be at greater risk for breaking again, but the glue of who I am, the people I surround myself with, the gifts that are uniquely me, will repair any old or new cracks that are formed. The glue that repairs those cracks will make me stronger.
So no, I’m not broken, and no, I’m not weak. Through my experiences, I may have broken but with each break, I have emerged glued back together with a stronger understanding of that which is truly important in life. I have a clearer picture of who I am. I am able to spend a day fully in the joy that each day brings.
So no, I’m not broken, I am not weak, I am stronger than you could ever imagine.
Soo, I fell into a Far Cry 5 hole and I can’t get out😅 (and honestly I don’t even want to😏💁♀️)
Using Arya Stark as some kind of Atheist symbol is hilarious to me considering she literally joined a religious order to the Many Faced God, and it’s pretty clear she kept to the Old Gods and the Seven at different points before that (after, I’m unsure).
Me at the start: hell yeah! Condemn organizations known to sweep child abuse under the rug! Condemn the orgs that let pedophiles go on free! Me at the end: I’m sorry what the fuck?
Me also: Wait why is Paganism getting blamed for this as if most of the people in the world still perpetuating this kind of stuff aren’t some self-professed flavor of Christian ???
She flies by her own wings🕊
I take half a Xan’ and I still stay awake
All my demons wanna pull me to my grave
I choose Vegas if they offer Heaven’s gate
I tried to love, but you know I’d never stay
I’d never stay
But if I OD, I want you to OD right beside me
I want you to follow right behind me
I want you to hold me while I’m smiling
While I’m dying
And if you know me
When I go missing, you know where to find me
Driving down the boulevard is blinding
Always blinded by the desert lights and