To say that issues surrounding the LGBTQ movement are sensitive to navigate would be a gross understatement. Here are 3 mistakes that are often made in our ministries:
- People make “gay” jokes. Statements like, “that’s gay” or “what are you, gay?” are exactly the types of things that will repel someone who needs to have a safe place to share. This will alienate kids and make you completely unsafe to talk to. We come across as arrogant and condemning. Huge mistake.
- People treat this issue as a simple one. This is perhaps the most complex issue we are dealing with today from a pastoral perspective. Mostly because it’s tied to identity in such strong ways. We cannot make the mistake of trying to make it simple for people. It’s not.
- People just point to the bible. We can no longer just say we’re against “same-sex marriage” because “the bible says marriage is supposed to be between a man and a woman.” This may be true, but it in no way addresses or even acknowledges the emotional turmoil people are in.
What are some ways you are addressing this issue in a positive way in your ministry?