As I understand it, welcoming but not affirming means that churches will open their circles to LGBTQ, but not affirm the lifestyle. Which… boils down to the sex part of it, I guess. Because I’m pretty sure they’re not talking about LGBTQ social functions or fashion, if those exist.
I want to be angry, but I think I’m sad. And tired. Like, really… this is happening? Still? Ever? Why?
And these “progressive” churches announce it with pride. Like, “Look at how open-minded and tolerant we are that we share space with you! That church next door wouldn’t let you past the door. Please, come and we’ll show you how defective you are.”
Bollocks to this!
I don’t think you can welcome someone without affirming them. How is rejecting part of someone’s identity welcoming? It ain’t, man.
I’m only an ally of the LGBTQ community, so it’s maybe silly for me to speak on their behalf. Perhaps the community feels welcomed by churches with this philosophy? Maybe they appreciate the church’s attempt to create welcoming spaces?
My gut tells me no. My gut tells me no because if someone were to welcome me, but not affirm my heterosexual lifestyle, I would assume they find me disordered. The subtext is: I hope you change.
Okay, maybe I am angry.
I wish I had more intelligent things to say about this.
That’s all I got.
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