If you are unfamiliar with the acronym LGBT, it stands for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender. This community generally celebrates pride, diversity, individuality, and sexuality. Younger Americans are more likely to identify with being LGBT, with adults between the ages of 18-29 occurring 3x more within this group.
With such a huge paradigm shift in our society that is coming as a result of the LGBT community, how are Christians supposed to respond Biblically? Being extreme, hating and judging this group or tolerating and accepting are not the answers, however, there is a delicate balance of truth applied with love.
Treat people the way Christ would.
If you are unsure how to handle this population, ask yourself how Jesus would react? Would He speak hate, disgust, or condemnation? Jesus could love the person apart from their sin. Christ never accepted or condoned sinful lifestyles, but He showed people the way out of their choices that were ultimately destroying their lives. He saw each person as valuable and worthy of His time. We are to judge the behavior, not the individual. (John 7:24)
Listen and build a relationship.
Everyone has a story, and everyone wants to be heard. Jesus always took the time to develop relationships with the people He would minister to. Many LGBT’s have been abused, mistreated, and neglected. They are lost, deceived, and confused. It does not help if as Christians we never take the time to hear them and develop trust, but instead immediately give them scriptures or tell them that they will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Giving scriptures may come, but it MUST be directed by God. While we know the scriptures, telling someone they are going to spend eternity in Hell because of their lifestyle, can do more damage to them.
It is never helpful to tell anyone that you know where they will spend eternity. Sometimes, we have to allow the Holy Spirit to speak into people’s lives and convict of sin. Believe me, God can do His job! Our job is to love, and point to truth when it is God-led.
Most likely we will not win this community over to Christ by shunning them or devaluing them in anyway. Everyone has the potential to change, however, condemning LGBT’s will not change them. We must remember that no sin is greater than another sin.
And as they continued to ask Him, He stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone.” John 8:7
Look and watch for opportunities to share the truth in God’s Word.
Express to them that you value them as a person, and they are God’s creation. As God opens the door, share nuggets of truth to them. Watch and listen to see if they are ready to accept what you are saying, if not; back off and wait and pray for another opportunity. Never push or force your views and beliefs.
Ministering to LGBT’s you must never compromise your beliefs. You can still show Christ’s love and compassion, yet do not allow yourself to come into agreement with the sinful lifestyle. This means standing for truth of God’s laws but with humbleness and meekness. We are not to argue or give into any demands that is contrary to Biblical truth.
Pray for deliverance, and truth to be revealed.
There is a demonic force that keeps them in bondage to sin. Pray for a release from the spirits of oppression, deception, and confusion. As Christians we know this is not God’s plan. The enemy has distorted their sexuality and identity.
The next time you see or engage with a LGBT take the time and lift them in prayer. They are in a major spiritual warfare, and many do not have ones who are praying for them. Your job is not to change or fix them, but to lead them to THE CROSS.
What are your experiences with the LGBT community? Please share anything helpful with our readers. Thank you and God bless.