Welcome to God Loves You Gay!
Do you know that God loves you just the way you are? He wants a relationship with all of His children and loves us All! I know God loves us all. I've experienced this love deep inside and it has been transformative for me in my life. I wrote a book about my journey to understanding God's love and acceptance for me and all His LGBT children. In the past year, I have stepped out to speak and have heard many people who have experienced God's love. But, there is still talk out there of people who have been harmed by their church or synagogue. Together, we can begin to work to change all of that. We must because God Loves You Gay is a message the world needs today more than ever!
GOD IS OUR LOVING PARENT
God asks us to follow Him by loving, listening to, and serving others. We are called to be His light and His love in the world. We are His children and He is our Father. Like any parent, God wants us to succeed, and to have a life filled with good health and joy! He wants us to get along with our brothers and sisters in this world. In fact, aside from a relationship with Him, that is His number one concern for us. He wants us to get along, to live in peace, and to have healthy relationships.
People can let us down, but God is the one parent and authority figure who never will. God wants us to know Him through His Word, and I believe He especially desires us to know Him through the love of His son Jesus. God's son Jesus welcomed and loved everyone. People don't always do that. Be sure to read the Word and to know the ways of Jesus because that is what matters. Even those who profess to be Christians are not always acting that way in the world. God says, "You will know them by their fruits." If someone is cruel to you or to someone else, move on. It is not always easy, but is necessary for our health and our well being. I wish I had learned this earlier in life.
ON HEAVEN and ETERNITY
God is our parent and He promises to, "Never, ever, ever, ever, ever leave you!" Because He is with us always we can go to Him anytime and know that He will listen to us. We can pray to Him for guidance, and to seek spiritual counsel that is open and understanding of our journey. There is always someone to talk to and to lift us up. There are several hotlines available which I have listed on this website. Please call if you need to talk to someone. You are never alone!
God wants us to develop into our full potential before we go to be with Him in heaven. Please don't ever give up! We were each placed on this earth for this time and for a unique purpose. We all need to find out what that is and live into it before we go to be with Him in eternity. Sometimes it may seem like He is asking us to do a lot, but God will always give us the strength we need to do what He asks!
ITS SO SIMPLE!
What God asks us to do is to serve as His disciples of Christ in this world, to be beacons of love and of hope.
"You mean that's it?"
"Yes, that's it. That sounds so easy right?!"
"Why does He love us in such a simple way?"
Because He is God. We have His seeds of love, service, and healing inside because a part of Him lives within us. We are not God however which is why we need a relationship with Him today, so that He can guide us into our best life path.
God told me in May of 2012 that He loved me gay. I was out for a walk and I got the message loud and clear. That is a story to share in person sometime, but if you want a sneak peek you can read my book or go to YouTube. The video on YouTube is called: God Loves You Gay.
I am sharing with you my story here, but we all have stories to share. God wishes for us to do this in the presence of others in spiritual community. I have some resources to follow on the next couple of pages to help us to share our testimonies of our walk with God.
In 2009 I needed to hear the truth of God's great and abundant love because as a lesbian person I was not getting that feedback from other people in my church community. Something inside of me at the time told me that my faith environment didn't fit who God created me to be on the inside. It took a few more years, but in 2011 I stepped out in faith and began to experience inclusive community. I found All Saints Church in Pasadena, California in January of 2012. It is my spiritual home now.
In a church I prayed in this summer, Jesus took my face in his hands and told me that he had created me gay in love and he asked me to serve in the church. Are you gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender? God created YOU in Love. Not everyone on this planet knows this yet which is sad for them, but please know, God DOES Love You! He told me, and if you sit in prayer and ask, He will tell you he loves you too.
As men and women, brothers and sisters it is not our responsibility to define who another person should be. Our job is to Love. Within our relationship with God, each of us will come to know what His desire for us is in this world. For some it will be marriage, for others it may be celibacy. There is no right way, there is no perfect way. There is only God's spirit, life, and love living and breathing inside of you, helping you to become all He has created you to be.
A God of love wants us to know Him through his Word, through community, and through prayer with Him! When we have a relationship with Him, God will always reveal to us what is best. My great hope today is that as each man and woman discerns their path, there will be a church or synagogue that will support them on their journey. Community is Very important for each of us to become who God has created us to be. In community we tap into our love for our fellow brothers and sisters. Through our service with and for them, we will know God in greater ways than we do now.
If God made you gay and you are wondering if He loves you because your family or faith community is not showing you love please know this: GOD LOVES YOU GAY!
ON THE BIBLE
I am not someone who practices heresy. In fact for the longest time, I was afraid to hang out with anyone who didn't take the Bible literally. I'm totally serious. I'm sorry to say it but I was a literalist. Today, I see the Bible differently. I've learned that when God said in the Bible,
"Two men shall not lie together, it is an abomination,"
First of all, I don't believe God was talking about long term committed relationships. I believe God also was speaking to a generation where the survival of the people through procreation meant that a marriage between a man and a woman was the only way. In that time in which God was speaking, the culture was different, so different in fact that He also said men and women should not eat shellfish. So different that men's beards were supposed to be a certain size and length. These laws are outdated and not necessary.
To the contrary though, the laws in the Bible that say how we should treat one another, how we should confess sins we have committed against ourselves, or another are still valid. We need to look at the whole picture when we look at the Word of God.
My heart breaks when I hear that people have turned away from God and from faith community because they are gay, got a divorce, or had an abortion. Today, faith communities are changing and people's views are changing slowly but surely. God wants us to follow Him and to be strengthened by faith community. He doesn't want us to avoid it, but to embrace it. He doesn't want people to turn away those who walk in the door, but to welcome those who walk in the door. If someplace doesn't welcome you,
"Shake the dust off of your feet," and move on.
There are so many places opening the doors to us today. The most important part of being a person of faith is to:
"Love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and loving our neighbor as ourself." Mark 12:30
God loves us all and He wants a relationship with us all. He is less concerned about rules and theology and more concerned about us as His children, His beloved offspring whom He will love forever. He desires for us to live our lives in joy, to love someone special, and to be in a community of faith. His plans for us are great,
"Plans to prosper us, and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Please know wherever you are and whatever you have been through in your life, you are loved beyond imagining. You are a child of God and have a place in this world. We all do. Let's meditate on His goodness everyday and share that goodness with all whom we meet.
Love and God's Blessings to You,
ON OUR STORIES
We all have a story to share with one another. It's important to share with others. Don't ever isolate yourself or tell yourself you aren't good enough. God loves you just the way you are!
For a time in my post college years I didn't believe God loved me because I was gay. I received messages from people in authority that were not good for my spirit. Fortunately, I got through it and moved beyond it to places and faith communities where I found acceptance and love. We all can!
My story is a book called God Loves You Gay. Feel free to check it out. It is available in paperback and on Kindle through Amazon.
It comes Recommended by actor Chad Allen who starred in: Save Me and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. This is what he said about the book:
"It is a beautiful book at the perfect time...May Walker has written an extraordinarily honest and heartfelt book. I was touched deeply as I read and wiped a tear from my eye on more than one occassion. I urge you to breathe deeply and savor this beautiful and courageous work of art and if you're quiet enough and listen closely I believe that, just as I did, you will hear the whispers of a loving God." -Chad Allen
It also comes recommended by author Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey who wrote the book A Woman of Independent Means, which was turned in a 6 hour NBC television mini series and starred Sally Field.
"A young woman's brave and touching account of her struggle to reconcile her sexuality with her deep faith." -Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
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