SSA (same-sex attraction) has proven to be a difficult subject for many churches to address. Because of this some have remained largely silent on the issue, or we’ve taken simplistic stances against homosexuality which end up being viewed as hateful by those outside the church – further alienating the very people we care about so much. In the meantime our youth are being informed on the subject by society at large, who say it’s no big deal.
The reality is that SSA is all around us. We have youth who are silently suffering with unwanted same-sex attractions because church is not a safe place to admit those feelings, homes being devastated by a son or daughter coming out, and church members who don’t know how to appropriately reach out to a gay or lesbian co-worker. In short, we’re getting killed on this subject, and we simply can’t afford to keep our heads buried in the sand any longer.
R. Albert Mohler, Jr. is president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world. In a May 21, 2012 article he did for CNN he wrote “Why are Christians so concerned with homosexuality? In the first place, that question is answered by the simple fact that it is the most pressing moral question of our times. Christians must be concerned about adultery, pornography, injustice, dishonesty and everything the Bible names as sin. But when my phone rings with a call from a reporter these days, the question I am asked is never about adultery or pornography. It is about homosexuality.”
One of the reasons LifeGuard Ministries exists is to help churches do a better job of loving those with SSA. While we don’t condone acting out on same sex attractions, we certainly don’t feel it’s appropriate to judge somebody for simply being tempted. If that were OK we’d all be in a heap of trouble… which touches on perhaps the most important fact to remember when talking to anybody affected by SSA – sin is sin, and in that regard we are all equally undeserving of the amazing grace we have freely received in Jesus Christ. The goal is not to move from homosexuality to heterosexuality, rather from homosexuality to holiness. Just like moving from gluttony to holiness, or pride to holiness, or gossip to holiness, we all have our sin proclivities which desperately need loving, non-judgmental support within the church. As the body of Christ we are ordained by God to do exactly that. Have a look at our Resources page on this site, or contact us today to let us know how we might help. We look forward to serving you!