I was hanging out with some artists and thinkers and risk-takers the other night. And as it often happens when people learn that I serve through New Direction, folks began to share with me about their gay friends. Seems these days that more often than not, Christ-followers have gay friends. This is a good thing. This is a great thing. What is not so great is that we Christians seem to struggle so much with how to navigate these friendships. The conversations the other night were alive and vibrant. I heard people speak of how their gay friends were so different from one another …. (seems to punch holes in the old stand-by term, “gay lifestyle”). They shared about straining to listen to the whisper of the Spirit as they sipped Starbucks with their friends. They spoke of a deep, deep desire for these friends, whom they have come to love, to know God ~ and of their struggle to nurture and facilitate a God-connection rather than impede that. And they spoke of emerging into a kind of robust love that rests in God while feeling free to enjoy and delight in their gay friends – just as they are.
The conversations seemed to sing with the life-giving presence of Jesus.
“Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people – free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!” Eph. 1:7
Oh Lord ~ you exist in relationship and you have formed us for relationship. Pour your relational delight into our friendships. Might our times of connection sing with the Life of Jesus. Help us to rest in the freedom of trusting you with our loved ones. Show up. Be Glorified. Amen.