The Spirit of God gives me life and this same Spirit fills my life with perfect love and joy everyday! I am proof that all the folks who claim that God hates LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people are wrong. Knowing the love of God so intimately is why I am so passionate about God and ministry. Many people place restrictions on God’s love but we have access to God freely. This access is granted by the Spirit in us, not by any person or group or institution apart from us. No one can withhold, determine, or contain God. God is Spirit; it is impossible to definitively describe God using words and feelings associated exclusively with the human experience. So to all of you who say horrible, hateful things like, “God hates fags” or “You can’t be gay and be Christian” …the only response I have is this:
“We are all informed by our conditioning. Biological, genetic, social, religious, and environmental variables shape our realities, and because each person is the product of such unique, and vastly different circumstances, no ONE way of looking at God can capture the full essence of God. For we are all made to resemble and reflect the light of God in our variety of distinct images and likenesses. In the Bible, when Jesus said, “I am the way…”, historically, we cannot even be sure he said those exact words, and if he did, his way of being and living was much different than most people are comfortably willing to adopt or even imagine today. Jesus is not the way to God or the way to the Great Hereafter; GOD is the way to God and the Great Hereafter is now. This was the message of Christ:
For those who consider themselves Christian, is it because of tradition–you’re Christian because your family is/was Christian? Or is it because of a choice–do you follow the message of Christ, and let the values and lessons of his life inspire yours? I believe in Jesus, and not because I think he is God. Jesus points me toward God and inspires me to live accordingly. Jesus reveals access to a God that loves/ affirms/ transcends/ encompasses all. A God that requires everything and nothing at the same time. A God that empowers us toward a reality of peace, power and abundance. A God accessible through the Spirit because it IS the Spirit. I feel this power, this God, in me everyday. The Bible defines God as “love”; and sharing a similar understanding of God as love can transform all our realities when we choose to actively engage the collective God in us and work toward this common reality of love within and around us.
Even for me–an openly queer-identified, transgender man–the Spirit of God resides within…
I don’t dismiss the need for, and the importance of, different religious traditions, interpretations, and expressions of faith because there is a particular way that we all do things for a variety of reasons. In other words, there are just some things we like and don’t like, agree with or don’t agree with, support and don’t support. We will never all worship the same, like the same songs, be inspired by all of the same things…but we can still be ONE people. One family of beings who all agree on God. If we could all just let our individual knowing (or unknowing) of God guide us and unite us in love, the possibilities for peace and joy in the world would be endless! Life is our journey with, in, and to the Spirit. We are to live open and opened to the flow of life lived in relationship with the Spirit of God; our world will be transformed. Peace could actually be possible.
You can’t possibly hate, kill, or harbor resentment toward anyone or anything when you are connected to the Spirit of God and you let LOVE flow from your life. I believe THIS is what being a follower of Jesus requires: total and complete submission to God. Embrace the Spirit and let it fill you. Let it build up inside of you to the point of overflowing. Let it flush feelings of joy, ecstasy and peace throughout your entire being. Let it flow through you and inspire you to dream. Feel these feelings, and make an effort to indulge them daily. Live, love, and create from this place of divinity….this is where God is…”