When I accepted Christ and the straight, Christian world became my primary community, I was surprised that there were several men who were not afraid to give the type of hug that says “Your presence in my life is felt and valued”. They weren’t obsessed with “not looking gay”, the way many straight, unbelieving men in my life had been. Their physical affection said one thing very clearly, “we’re not afraid of you or put off by your sexuality.” So will you be someone anointed by God, filled with the Holy Spirit, & walking in the power of Jesus, that will help meet the relational needs of LGBT people?
When I’m freed up to not feel like I’m responsible to “create faith” in people, I can enter into people’s questions, accusations, & doubts with shared humanity and my limited perspective yet still be confident that God will use our time together to reveal Himself. Jesus often answered with questions in order to get to the heart of what was behind the inquiry in the first place.
So, very practically, what does that look like?