This is a beautiful post. If you're #LGBT or love someone who is, you should read it. Here's a sample:
"Here’s what I do know about “God’s best” for people:
God’s best for people is not isolation or denial or exclusion or conditional acceptance.
God’s best for people is authenticity; the truest truth about who they are.
God’s best for people is being free to love and be loved, to know and be known, to care and be cared for.
God’s best for people is them recognizing they bear the very likeness of God.
God’s best for people is being allowed to spend a lifetime alongside someone they love.
God’s best for people is being able to participate fully in the life of the greater Church and the local church of their choosing.
God’s best for people is them realizing that they are inherently good because that is their default condition.
God’s best for people is to not have to continually overcome Christians just to get to Jesus.
It’s the height of arrogance to assume that the manner in which someone loves is up for another’s debate. I’ll never tell an LGBTQ person that their gender identity or sexual orientation are not God’s best for them, because I simply do not believe that to be at all true.
And I trust that the God who made them—already knows what is best for them and speaks more clearly to them on these matters than to anyone else.
Read the entire post by the amazing and compassionate John Pavlovitz here.