Sunday, June 21, 2009
Because Of Your Faith
Matthew 17:20 “Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a* mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there”, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.’”
I have sat, spoken, chatted, exchanged emails with many Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender people over the years. When the issues of our sexuality hits the conversation followed by any suggestion of “Coming Out”, many have defended by retorting “what is the purpose, why do we need to come out, why do we need to make a statement, why do we need to wear the rainbow colour badge, why do we need to make it obvious that we are LGBT”.
I want to remind you that the fear of being ourselves is as a shortage of our faith in God. Yes people get killed for saying they are Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, and or Transgender, people get fired from their jobs and evicted from their homes, however we are not excluded from the presence of the almighty God, we need to live the truth and I encourage you to do so without fear.I have pondered today on the above text, and resulted that we are afraid and filled with fear because we have so little faith to make that claim, and make it visible for the world to see, and to be the light of the world, even if it meant waving our rainbow flags.
Our heterosexual brothers and sisters already have a place of acceptance at the world’s table, all of us have a place at the table of our Creator, and however, we need to show up at the earthly table with our identity of comfort, the truth about who we are. Yes I know this will create some pain for you, your parents, your children, your work colleagues, but the truth also remains how long are we going to hold on to our little faith, embroidered with internalised fear.Let me also remind you today that nothing is impossible for you, if you feel that the support of your family is more important then you need to know that we are rejecting God who made us. Have faith in Jesus and know that all will be well for you.
I have been through the pain myself and wish it less on my enemies but I tell you the liberation and freedom with God is more assurance of love.
I pray and call on you LGBTI people today to say to this mountain, “Move from here to there and it will move, because nothing is impossible for you to do”, when you apply huge faith in God. Amen.