Repent of Your Gay Sin

As the Revoice Conference in June approaches, it’s likely LGBT+ Christians will receive plenty of reminders from the conference’s critics to repent of sin and place their “identities in Christ”. I agree with them that repenting is the work of every Christian. I also appreciate the emphasis on dying to self and rising to a new life with God.

However, if last year’s criticisms of the conference are any indication of the health of the Church, then we need to prepare for it with prayer and fasting. Leaders of evangelical churches demonstrated just how willing they were to misrepresent and demonize queer people. I sincerely pray for people under weight of pastoral malpractice.

But these critics were right about one thing: I have a multitude of gay sins to repent for. We all do.

Let us repent of the lie that we are shameful or dirty for our lack of heterosexuality.

Let us repent of the lie that our sexual sins would vanish if our sexual orientations were to change.

Let us repent of the lie that you earn basic dignity by adhering to a particular church’s sexual ethic.

Let us repent of the lie that we aren’t allowed to lament when others do not love us well.

Let us repent of the lie that we are lacking in “grace” for calling something homophobic.

Let us repent of the lie that homophobia does not pervade the minds and hearts of loving people.

Let us repent of the lie that gay sexual sin is the most pressing sexual sin of our time.

Let us repent of the lie that LGBT+ believers cannot offer unique gifts and talents to the Body of Christ.

Let us repent of the lie that heterosexuality is not a broken sexuality.

Let us repent of the lie that gay orientation only encompasses a propensity to lust and fornicate.

Let us repent of the lie that LGBT+ people are not God’s children.

Let us repent of the lie that heterosexual marriage is the only vocation of love, commitment, and holiness.

Let us repent of the lie that we are above criticism simply because we inhabit one or more marginalized experiences.

Let us repent of the lie that we are not infinitely loved by God, even when we mess up.

In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

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