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    These things are very difficult. Christians don’t mind talking about this to others who agree, but it can damage relationships where we disagree. And yet it is my test whether a person is a very damaged Christian- do they support equal marriage? Or possibly not a Christian at all: do they welcome LGBT folk? If they don’t welcome me, I will shake the dust off my feet. And eventually we will get talking.

    1. Laura Haines

      I hear you, Clare. I was asked if I could have grace for my brothers and sisters that did not hold my view of affirmation and acceptance of LGBTQ. I told them of course I could. I wasn’t the one who was going around unfriending and refusing to sit across the table from them that had a different point of view. But I made it clear I wanted better for them then such a bigoty belief. I wanted them to learn better so they could do better. Teens are killing themselves. Trans people are living in fear of being found out and even doing something as basic as using a public restroom. We’ll let them do our hair, our taxes, teach our children to dance, but when they ask us for a cake, a marriage license, equal rights, protections, and treatment under the law or at our own service counters, we humiliate them and refuse them service. Grave and unnecessary damage is being done to LGBTQ people in the name of Jesus, who never breathed a word about it and was all about reaching out in love and acceptance to the hurting, the marginalized, the outcast. In fact, He reserved his woe-iest words for the religious leaders who were dead set on doing the complete opposite. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let in those who wish to enter. (Matthew 23:13) I’m with you, Clare. If they’re not going to welcome you or the sweet seeking rainbow of people I know and care for, if they can’t abide a view that embraces people like you, then I’m off, and the dust too.


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