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Why I Ask The Questions

In Episode 7 of the At The End Of The Day Podcast, Tim and I discussed the six scriptures that talk about homosexuality.

It was a conversation we knew we looked forward to for a while, in large part because our audience is Christians who are re-thinking their theology specifically related to the LGBT community.

When I posted the podcast, I put a link to it on my Facebook page, and the debate began – and a good number of the participants did not listen to the podcast before they cast their input.

These people are my friends. Like, the real ones, not just Facebook friends. I grew up with them. I love them dearly. And I was getting frustrated that we ended up talking at each other. I am not great at answering questions.  (I had broken my promise to not get into comment debates – my mistake).

But then I got a Facebook message from a listener of the podcast.

This message struck something for me.

I just want to let you know how much I appreciate your podcasts. They really hit home with me as a Christian mom of a recently “outed” son. He’s a fantastic young man. I’m trying to learn how to balance what I’ve been taught all my life in the church with the stark reality that I LOVE MY SON NO MATTER WHAT. Thanks again for being blunt and encouraging at the same time. I anticipate Tuesdays now.

And that was it! That is why I am doing this film. That is why I’m doing the podcast (with Tim’s help and wisdom of course).

I am trying to ask the questions for those who can’t.

My role is certainly not to answer questions.

My role is to ask! (I’ve always been better at that anyway).

Later, in that same Facebook thread of regret, another friend wrote something like:

The effort you’re making to reach the LGBT community is much needed.

And that’s when the words finally came!

I’m not making an effort to reach the LGBT community. I’m making an effort to reach hetero-Christians. Christians who have doubts and questions but no safe place to ask them. Jesus on the cross isn’t an example of what we must do to receive salvation – that is not a free gift at all. Jesus on the cross is an example of a God who meets us in our suffering. A God (in contrast to any other gods) who humbles himself, mourns with those who mourn. Feels abandoned by God with those who also feel abandoned by God. This is all for now. (Tweet This)

I don’t have the answers.

I don’t always say the right things.

I am terrible at delivering bios for my podcast guests.

But I will continue to ask the questions. I’m pretty good at that.

And even if I can’t raise the money or get this film made, this podcast will be there, offering comfort to the parents and siblings and friends of those who have come out. Don’t be afraid to ask the questions.

You are not alone. It’s okay (and suggested) to work out your own salvation. And there is much fear and trembling by those of us who explore the tensions between the Jesus we read about in scripture and the religion we were taught.

 

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