Many years before becoming Executive Director of His Way Out Ministries, my primary ministry focus was missions and evangelism; locally, here in Bakersfield and overseas in places such as Jamaica and Guyana, South America. Admittedly, within recent years, a massive shift has occurred in the way Christians take the Word into the world. Today, maybe more than ever, no Christian can choose to disregard the vast mission field often referred to as “the gay community.”
Gay men and women are not excluded or exempt from God’s love, grace, salvation, and healing. Ultimately, God’s passion should be our passion; that none should perish, but that all would have everlasting life (John 3:16).
God has given the responsibility of outreach to all of us. That said, I am acutely aware that some within the Church have begun to consider reaching the gay community as a ‘you just can’t win’ endeavor. Is it possible far too many have placed their view and attitude on recent events such as same-sex marriage and have thrown in the towel?
Certainly, many of us entertain the question – “Now why did God allow this and that?” Admittedly, I have experienced my own personal times of visiting the same. But then I remember that often what seems to be failure from man’s standpoint is often, very often, a tremendous triumph from God’s because God’s purpose is never man’s purpose.
Followers of Jesus make followers of Jesus. Be ready and available to minister God’s love and truth to a man or woman struggling with same-gender attraction. If God can trust you and me to love gays, He will also use you and me to win them.
I, for one, still believe in and have every confidence in the Church’s ability, through Christ, to win the gay community to Christ. We are all in this work together through Him, fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). I mean, how great is it that God is allowing us to be in on what He is doing and desires to do on this earth and specifically in gay communities around the world?