An Open Letter to “Homosexuals”

The past few months and the passing of new laws have brought much debate. Many things have been said by people who are considered “straight” as well as those considered “gay.” On both sides, hatred has been spewed out into the world as if it does not have any impact on anyone. But it does. Please read this letter and know that if you are “gay,” I am talking to you. No matter what you have said, done, thought, or been. This is for you.
*Update: I want to clarify that the reason I have homosexual is quotation marks in the title is because I don’t believe that being “gay” defines anyone, just as being “straight” doesn’t define me. There is so much more to each of us than sexual orientation. Love y’all!

Dear {insert name here},

I am a Christian. I am a bible-thumping, worship-singing, Jesus-loving Christian. And I don’t hate you. I don’t even know you. I don’t know where you grew up, what your childhood was like, if you have ever been to church. I don’t know if your parents have rejected you because of the lifestyle you lead or if they’ve been your biggest fans. I don’t know if you live in the city or the country, the north or the south, or if you are living your dream of traveling the world. The only thing I know about you beyond a shadow of a doubt is this: I love you.

You may wonder how I can love you if I don’t know you, so let me explain. When the world began, two creatures were created to rule the earth: man and woman, named Adam and Eve. They were deceived by Satan and sin entered the world. For thousands of years, sin ravaged the Earth, yet God still loved his creation. When Moses received the ten commandments, it was given to us, not out of legalism, but out of love. These commandments were God’s way of protecting his beloved until which time he could redeem them from their sin. The sacrifices made to cover the sin once a year could not compare with what he had planned.

Years later, unto us a child was born. A virgin birth, as prophesied. 100 percent man, but 100 percent God. Jesus. His life was miraculous. His life was glorious. But it could not compare with his death. Tortured and nailed to a cross, this man, the Son of God, shed his blood, his HOLY blood, giving himself up as a sacrifice IN PLACE of the animal sacrifices required in the old covenant. He then rose from the dead, declaring God’s authority over death and sin. His blood covered EVERY sin of those who met only one requirement: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Now, you may know all this. You may not. But I bet you’re still wondering how I can love you if I don’t know you. The answer is this: I love you because GOD loves you. I can love you despite our differences because the person who loves me despite the fact that I fail him EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. loves you just as much. And it might not matter one bit that some girl from Tennessee says she loves you, and that is okay. But know this: No matter what you do or have done, no matter what you say or have said, no matter who you are or have been, when Jesus Christ died on the cross, ALL of our sins were future tense. He knew we could not fulfill the ten commandments. He knew that we WOULD sin. And that is why he came for us. To redeem us. To forgive us. And to have a relationship with us.

Some people will tell you that your homosexuality means you are going straight to hell. They will tell you that God hates you. They will tell you that there is no redemption for you, but allow me to call that for what it is, A LIE. I will say that I do believe the bible when it says that homosexuality is a sin. I do not agree with your lifestyle, but I will NEVER be hateful to you because you sin differently than I do. I will never reject you because if my God can love me  in spite of my sins, he SURELY loves you in spite of yours. He is not a respecter of persons, despite what some may lead you to believe.

I’m going to end this letter soon, but before I do, I’d like to say one more thing.

I AM SORRY! I am sorry for any person who has ever made you feel unloved or unwanted in the name of God or Christianity. . I am sorry for any person who has ever called you a name or avoided you or said something ugly to you and claimed to do it because they “hate to see you in sin.” Anyone who truly wants to “help”  will show you the love of God and will NEVER tear you down. SO I am truly sorry.

If you ever question your worth due to the ugliness of this world, please remember that there is a God who loves you and gave his son for you because you were worth it to him. You were worth it 2,000 years ago and you are worth it now.

He Knows My Name

Love to my loves,

Cate

While I'm Waiting

9 thoughts on “An Open Letter to “Homosexuals”

  1. Marina Faith Harvey says:

    To Cate,
    This made my whole day. I am a “straight” woman, and a christain woman as well. I hurt when I see the hate thrown towards people who aren’t of the same sexual orientation as them, especially by Christians (who should strive to set an example of love and acceptance). I think we all need to remember that it is never our place to judge, that burden belongs to the Lord and the Lord alone. We as Christians are tasked with opening our hearts to the Lord and showing ANYONE who wants to see, the joys of letting God into their life, no matter the sins they’ve carried. I just wanted to thank you for this letter, we need more of this love in the world.

    With love,
    Marina

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  2. Kelly says:

    Thank you so much for writing this! I loved your retelling of the gospel, and I love your message. It really bothers me that in so many peoples’ eyes being a Christian is associated with being judgemental, homophobic, unloving. To me being A Christian is knowing that we are ALL sinners, that we can’t make it without HIM, and we should do our best every day to be as loving as HIM. Aren’t we so blessed that God loves us despite our daily shortcomings.

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