A Letter to the LGBT CommunityThis articles discusses topics including- Acceptance, Grace, Homosexuality, Love .
I recently had a job interview for a part-time position at a local, faith-based, non-profit organization that is pushing for the acceptance of the LGBT community within the churches in West Michigan. As part of the process, I had to provide a writing sample that introduced myself and discussed y desire to work with and support the LGBT community in West Michigan. I wanted to take a moment to share that with you today.
“I know what you’re going through.” All too often those words are uttered with little truth behind them. It’s not that the speaker intentionally lied to you. They wanted you to know that they were there for you, and their intentions were for the best. Unfortunately, as is said, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” All the intended meaning behind the phrase cannot change the fact that it’s simply untrue- you have no idea what I’m going through, or how I’m feeling; that’s perfectly okay. With that in mind, it is with hesitation, but true sincerity, that I say the phrase to you today. I know what you’re going through. I’ve been there; I’m still there; I will be there.
While I’m not old by any means, heck I’m not even 23 yet, I wholeheartedly wish someone had said those words to me when I was younger. It would have saved me years of pain, struggles, and emptiness. It may be true that everyone deals with feelings of being alone and unloved, but some of us have it more difficult than others. Many of us are told, often unintentionally, that the most intimate and personal desire of our life is wrong. How does one not feel alone and empty after countless messages like that? How does one not feel alone when they are unable to express their feelings for fear of being shunned? How does one not feel unloved when everyone they love (including their deity) is constantly hating on their identity?