Gays & the Church: what is at stake?

The stakes are high when the Church is talking about homosexuality. Lives are at stake. We can save lives by changing the culture around gender and sexuality in the evangelical church.

There is no love lost between gay/LGBT+ people and the Church, generally speaking. But, believe it or not, there are many gay people who grew up in church and many church people questioning their sexuality.

Teen suicide data shows us that an LGBT youth’s likelihood to commit suicide is related to the degree of acceptance they feel from their family. That surely means that churches have to make sure they are paying close attention to the effects of their words. When it comes to saving lives, the issue is not whether you have communicated your beliefs accurately, but the degree to which you made your child feel loved and accepted.

Stuff I talk about

Us versus us: the untold story of religion and the LGBT community by Andrew Marin

People to be loved: why homosexuality is not just an issue by Preston Sprinkle

Stuff I used to make this video

Teen suicide data from the Trevor project

Original article ‘The Church is killing her gay children’ by Kimberly Knight

Original research data from Andrew Marin

Canon SX610 HS

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2 thoughts on “Gays & the Church: what is at stake?

  1. Luke, please keep making and posting your videos. You are a breathe of fresh air! You and I share many of the same goals here at WordPress, though I use graphics where you use videos. It hurts so much to see the church shutting so many people out or just making people feel uncomfortable. I am fortunate to attend an Episcopal church where absolutely all are welcome, but I know that isn’t everyone’s experience. Thank you so much for being a voice that we need to hear! John

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    • Thanks a lot for your comment John! Great to hear as I am just starting out making my views public on this topic really. My experience was that the prospect of what might be said to me or thought about me after I told the truth about myself was much worse than what I have actually experienced. One lovely lady said to my mum “didn’t he know that we’d just love him and support him?” and my mum had to honestly say, “well no, and can you blame him based on past examples?” I’ll definitely be checking out your site again! Seems like we have some things in common 🙂

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