Come Out Of Hiding
As I would walk in the morning and listen to that song, “Come out of Hiding” God kept saying to me, “Your hiding, and I want you to come out, because your safe with Me.” and I said, “No God, their so much hate and judgement, your going to have to give me a burning bush.”
I didn’t get a burning bush, instead He sent me a young man who is tall, bald, and gay, he leaned down and sobbed on my shoulder because his Christian mom wants nothing to do with him, and he longs and grieves for her love.
I NEVER WANT TO FORGET the huge tears that were streaming down his face. He looked at me very confused, because I spoke of my love for Jesus and I could still be kind and loving toward him. He wasn’t use to that.
I said, OK Lord, my heart is broken, you win, because my passion to help Christian families not to have to choose between their child and their faith, because when I hear of Christian parents packing their child’s clothes and putting them out of their homes. This rejection from family that’s suppose to love you on top of rejection from society is to much! These kids are killing themselves in record numbers. This is BREAKING THE HEART OF GOD. And it SHOULD BREAK our hearts as well. My passion to help is greater then what people think.
You see, I have a son who is gay. I love him more than life itself. Although nothing he could ever do could make me love him less I kept it secret because I was so focused and concerned on what others would think of me and my child. That’s something I regret, and have apologized to my son.
I don’t have time to explain to you how I got from there to where I am now. In praying for my son, for the gay to go away, God changed me, He took that neat little box I had him in and turned it upside down. Thank you Jesus. Up until about 2 years ago I lived my life trying to earn His love through perfection for myself and those around me, especially my family. IT’S EXHAUSTING. He showed me what’s REALLY important to Him. It’s to love the people that He died for. People that don’t look, act, or smell like I do. When my time on earth is through and I look at my Savior’s face, I don’t want to be know for perfection anymore. I want to be known for in spite of all my failures and struggles, to be known for God’s grace carrying me through each day of my life. To be known for showing kindness and love to others. To be a giver of life. I’m so thankful that He turned by neat little box upside down and allowed me to be Travis’s mom.
When your going through the hard things in life is when you really get to know Jesus. I’m not here to change anyone’s theology. But there are some things I know to be true. My son was born gay. No one can tell my any different.
I know the pain my son has gone through to the point of having a plan to take his life. I THANK GOD THAT HE DIDN’T. I know the pain our family has been through.
No one in their right mind would choose to be so hated, discriminated, and rejected to the point of wanting to die.
I realized that I had to tune out all of the voices that I’ve heard over years so I can only hear the voice of Jesus. I’ve learned so many beautiful things through this journey that my Father has shown me.
God loves my son and his love has no strings attached.
Human love is so different, We say, “I’ll love you if… you look, act, or behave a certain way.”
We manipulate love through anger and silence. We withhold love, and our love can be so selfish, fractured and broken.
BUT NOT GOD’S. HIS LOVE IS A CONSUMING FIRE THAT NEVER GOES OUT.
HE SINGS OVER US AND HOLDS US CLOSE TO HIS HEART. HE PURSUES US EVEN WHEN WE TURN AWAY FROM HIM, AND HIS ARM IS ALWAYS EXTENDED TOWARD US NO MATTER WHAT. GOD HAS NO FAVORITES.
HIS LOVE IS THE ONLY SURE THING WE CAN COUNT ON THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE.
I PASSIONATELY began to study the life of Jesus. He has shown me how to live and how to see the world through grace filled eyes. It’s not very popular, but its a message that He wants me to share, believe me, or I would not be standing here.
I’ve been praying for months about tonight, and what He wants me to say. Only your words, your heart Lord. I stand here in God’s strength, certainly not my own.
He kept leading me to the foot of the cross, go stand at the foot of the cross. So I close my eyes and envisioned myself standing there, and His blood began to pour over me. He said as clear as clear can be,”My blood is indiscriminate, my Blood is what makes you clean.”
Come back to the heart of the Gospel where his blood covers everything. When anyone is made to feel unworthy to be loved by God, this becomes a stumbling block for Salvation. That’s big, because we’re talking about where a person will spend eternity. THE GOSPEL IS PURE, AND SIMPLE, and it’s hard to wrap our minds around- JESUS PLUS NOTHING= EVERYTHING. IT’S a GIFT given to all of us by God.
Rom 5:10- THE FALL separated us from God. But, GOD RECONCILED US BACK TO HIMSELF THROUGH THE DEATH OF HIS SON.
(Rom 5) God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since now we have been justified by his blood and saved from God’s wrath through Jesus. We are to REJOICE in God through Jesus Christ because we have received this GIFT of reconciliation. ITS ALL GRACE
The worst tragedy would be to turn the Sermon on the Mount into another form of legalism. Jesus was born in between covenants, He was born under the old one, the Law.
His audience only knew, “thou shall not” and were pretty prideful in keeping those commandments. Jesus knew his death would be ushering in a whole NEW WAY, A NEW BLOOD COVENANT FREE FROM RULES, REGULATIONS AND RELIGION.
IT WOULD BE ABOUT WHAT’S IN A PERSON’S HEART. The CROSS would be the great divide.
BEFORE the cross- laws, self performance, condemnation, after the CROSS- It’s all about BELIEVING , TRUSTING, FAITH, and FREEDOM TO REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS.
So he had to bring the Law keepers to the end of themselves. If they knew they could be saved by keeping the rules Jesus death would be in vain (GAL. 2:21)
He said, “ you have heard that it was said, “you shall not commit adultery, but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
You have heard, “ you shall not murder, and whoever murders will be liable to judgement, But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgement.”
The Sermon on the Mount should put an end to legalism. It proves that before God we all stand on level ground: were all desperate and in need of a Savior, having fallen from absolute ideal behavior, we have no where to land but in the arms of absolute Grace.
I read how God in his pursuit of HUMANITY would go to any depths of self-humiliation to be close to us. He laid aside his rights, his majesty, he took off his robe to take on the shape of a fetus, a helpless newborn.
God came close, Jesus was the human face of God, you could touch him, smell him, and hear him. Even more beautiful he could talk to the prostitutes, touch the leper, his dinner companions made the religious angry.
I Love how the only perfect man to walk the earth was so comfortable with sinners, the notoriously imperfect and the righteous found him to be shocking and revolting.
He turned the accepted wisdom of the day upside down. I read where his mercy was inclusive.
Instead of the message “no undesirables” Jesus says, I see it all and I still chose the cross, I do not judge you unworthy of my love, of forgiveness of all your sins, and salvation. Now, you go be like that with others. Judge no one.
John 12:47— For I did not come to judge the world but to save it. If its good enough for Jesus than its good enough for me.
2 Cor 5 17-21 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come, the old has gone. ( In Adam we all die, In Christ we all live) DEATH AND LIFE ARE AT THE CORE OF THE GOSPEL.
All this is from God, who reconciled us AND THEN gave us the ministry of reconciliation. We are Christ ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
Jesus delegated to US the task of spreading the good news of the Gospel.
God must have known the risk involved in entrusting reckless weak humans full of ego, prejudices with such a mission. Philip Yancy said its like turning over a fortune 500 company to a gang of 6 yr olds.
God thirst for humanity not of need, but out of desire. Because He wants no one to perish. The world is thirsty and broken and they don’t want to be saved, they want to be loved, and that’s how we save it.
I never saw the Bible as a Bill of Rights. Jesus tells us, Love your enemies, turn the other cheek, do good to those who hate you and persecute you, if someone wants your cloak, give them your coat as well, and the big one, you will be persecuted.
HE NEVER TOOK UP A CAUSE, HE PICKED UP A CROSS CARRIED IT ON HIS SHOULDERS AND LAYED HIS LIFE DOWN.
Sometimes its so much easier to pick up a cause than to lay down your life.
I read in Phil. 2:6 Jesus existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for his own advantage. If its good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me.
The only rights I have is to lay me aside and to serve the poor and needy, because Jesus said how you treat them is how your treating Me. To be a light in a dark world and leave the rest up to God.
I am a Christian business owner and if a lesbian couple came in my shop wanting their hair done for their wedding, I would do it.
I would open my arms and give them the same unconditional LOVE and GRACE that I was given by my Father because there is something so MUCH BIGGER HERE THAN MY RIGHTS. It’s their Eternity.
Jesus is counting on us with the mission of reconciliation, you know the message of, FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHO SO EVER WILL BELIEVE, WILL NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. AND THEN HE SAYS, “I DIDN’T SEND MY SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN IT BUT TO SAVE IT THROUGH MY SON.”
I love reading about Jesus’ life. Mat 20:28, says, “The Son of man has not come to be served but to serve.” On the eve of his death, Jesus washed his disciples feet. The Jerusalem bible notes that the dress and duty are those of a slave.
The God of the universe wants to be known through serving, suffering and love.
This type of love is absolutely unconditional and free.
We can’t do anything to earn it- it’s already there- HE DIED FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD, WAS BURIED, AND ROSE AGAIN, for which it is called GRACE.
This is the only type of love that can bring about Salvation and Redemption.
(John 12:32 ) And when I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all people to myself. He would be lifted up on a cross beam. He wouldn’t force us to believe, to love him or to have faith. That was never his style.
He would use suffering to draw all of humanity.
Jesus conquered sin and death and absolutely nothing can separate us from His love.
. Isaiah 52,53 He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, an familiar with suffering. He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows. But he was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him and by His wounds we are healed. He was oppressed and afflicted and did not open his mouth, he was led like a sheep to the slaughter. For the transgressions of my people he was stricken. It was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer. The Lord makes his life a guilt offering. Many will be justified—those who BELIEVE.
Jesus bore our sin to make us acceptable to God. What can you say to such Love.
What left is there to do, but to believe- and to walk out the New Commandment He has given us.
Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind and Love others as I have loved you.
The world who is dying without Him would be so attracted to the saving beauty of Jesus Christ.
The absolute indiscriminate nature of compassion was the dominate teachings of Jesus.
Jesus was the HUMAN FACE OF GOD, and he never assumed a stance of moral superiority over race, bigotry, status or anything.
His compassion moved Him to tell people the story of God’s love.
His teachings show us that He always broke the law of traditions when the love of persons demanded it.
I WANT TO FOLLOW JESUS, NOT THE POPULAR CROWD. I would gladly be excluded from that crowd if I knew God would trust me enough to send me the rejected because I know He would go out of His way to meet with them and fill a thirst…
The compassion of God in our hearts open our eyes to the unique worth of each person.
With all do respect everyone here, and I mean that with all my heart, because we’re all at different places in our walk with God. But this has been my experience:
I have seen the Spirit of God displayed in gay persons.
I’ve seen gentleness, kindness, generosity to the needy. Ive seen them Love God and Love others. I have listened to heartfelt prayers for others. (WHO WOULD YOU SAY IS WORTHY OF GOD’S LOVE)
Can a gay person love Jesus? Who gets to love you Lord? I ask God this question, no, I cried out to him this question, WHO GETS TO LOVE YOU LORD? This is what He put in my heart.
Can a person who gossips love Jesus, because I have seen churches and families destroyed because of it.
Can a person who lust in their heart, love Jesus because if the average person’s fantasies were put into view the world would be horrified.
Can a person who covets or has idols in their life love Jesus because He said if you broke one commandment you’ve broken them all.
Can a person who is struggling with addiction love Jesus, you know you fall, you get back up and cling to him with all your heart. I can tell you that kind of faith is so important to God.
Can you be PRIDEFUL, JEALOUS, have ENVY and GREED, HATE and ANGER and UNFORGIVENESS an love Jesus.
Who gets to love him? Who am I to OPPOSE what God has made CLEAN by His blood AND HE DIED TO FULFILL WHAT NONE OF US COULD DO.
(Romans 3:22) We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
The Gospel of Grace continues to scandalize. Salvation is by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, In Christ Alone.
Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift from God.
God knew that we humans would find it easier and more comfortable to give out merit badges for good behavior but what’s hidden in a person’s heart that no one can see brings us back to the foot of the cross where His Blood Was Poured out to Make Us Clean.
So in Col. 2:13-14 God said I’m nailing the measuring stick to the cross so no one can boast OF THEIR GOOD WORKS and take credit away from my Son.
HOPE is WATCHING Jesus put into practice the Scandal of Grace when He walked the earth, all were welcomed at the table.
Jesus is my example of how to live and love the world.
I come from a family full of broken people, we have every drug addiction that you can name. We have incest, abuse, divorce, murder, prison, mental illness. We all have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus. We are a NEW CREATION IN HIM, WE ARE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD, WE HAVE A NEW INHERITANCE IN HIM.
WE wouldn’t trade any of the hard things, because it’s helped us to mature in tenderness to the extent that no human flesh is strange to us. We can touch the hand of another in love and say that there are no others. We know what it’s like to be thirsty and have Jesus fill that thirst. You become a grace dispenser.
When I read of Jesus hanging on a CROSS wanting his lips moistened, its that AMAZING Love FOR THE WORLD that brings me the FREEDOM not TO JUDGE, BC I HAVE NEITHER THE WISDOM OR KNOWLEDGE OF ANYONE’S BACKSTORY. BUT GOD DOES, HE SEES THE WHY’S and that’s why I leave the rest up to Him.
( JUDAH SMITH) JESUS IS ALL ABOUT PEOPLE, HE’S GIVEN US A GIFT, But the WORLD doesn’t know about this GIFT, because we put a SLANT ON IT, STIPULATIONS ON IT. SOME OF OUR OPINIONS ARE NOT SHARED BY OUR GOD. EVERYONE IS WORTHY.
LET THE GIFT BE THE GIFT TO PEOPLE. LET JESUS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE GOD IN PEOPLE LIVES. The Gospel is beautiful. Loving people will bring revival.
Jesus has entrusted One Way Love Ministries to my sister Sandra and I, and He has given us a team and were all just crazy enough to think we can change our community by locking eyes with a person and seeing their worth to God AND LETTING THEM SHARE IN THIS BEAUTIFUL GIFT that is COMPLETE WITHIN ITSELF. HE IS THE ONLY HOPE FOR HUMANITY. BE HOPE TO SOMEONE TODAY!
Brennan Manning says, “ Our hearts of stone become hearts of flesh when we learn where the outcast weep.”