It can often be overwhelming and intimidating to talk to someone about the topic of same-sex attractions. Where do we start? Can we actually help someone if we cannot relate to what it’s like to have same-sex attractions? Many people feel ill-equipped and unsure of where to even start, and this is understandable. Today I am addressing a question that is near and dear to my heart, because it involves the majority of the women I minister to.
“What are some practical ways to help Christians who struggle with same-sex attractions?”
When I refer to a Christian who struggles with same-sex attractions, I am referring to someone who is actively and wholeheartedly pursuing a relationship with Jesus, but continues to experience same-sex attractions that he or she does not want. As I mentioned in my last post, there are many Christians who are truly devoted to Jesus who still struggle with same-sex attractions.
There are many people in the church who struggle with their sexuality, often in secret. Some have never acted on their feelings; others may have been in same-sex relationships at one point but are now trying to honor God with their sexuality. Some have left the LGBT Community and consequently left their friends, family, support system and whole world behind. This can be a difficult and lonely journey, especially without the support of friends, family and a loving church family. Continue reading