My Introductory Comments:
Joe’s entire post (below) unnerved me – in a good way. It has invoked in me thoughts and emotions that still roll into my consciousness on a fairly regular basis. For anyone with strong homosexual inclinations, the following questions are familiar. . .
- What would it mean if I came out?
- What if I am found out?
- What does it mean to come out – hoping to find acceptance among my friends, in my family, in the LGBT community or in my religious community?
- Is there such a thing as coming out of homosexuality?
- Is it the same as coming out of spiritual darkness and into the light of Jesus?
- Do I have to “out” myself before my church?
- Do I have to publicly renounce my feelings, my identity or my sense of self to “prove” I have “repented” and moving toward “wholeness”?
- Is my personal testimony or story a part of God’s will or His plan to glorify Himself in my life or in the lives of others?
Click the author link or the “view original” link below to continue reading this post. Here’s link to another great post by Joe you should check out. . . Something Has Got To Give
One of the things I learned over the past year and a half or so is that my story is not my own. I have always been careful with whom I have shared my story, struggle and past. I maintained a mindset that the person needed to deserve to hear my story by showing their ability to be trustworthy and mature. I always viewed my struggle as something that I dealt with and that by opening up to others, I would be the one impacted… not visa versa. The reality is my story is not my own to protect, but it belongs to God, to be used for His glory.
Giving up the rights to my own story was essentially giving up my safety net. It meant that I would have to be vulnerable with people I might not be able to trust. With the way that communication is these…
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