More than 25 years ago, when I was in seminary and coming out, I joined the Gay Fathers of Boston. There I met many wonderful men who were struggling, as I was, to make sense of life as a father and a gay man. Many of these men were still legally married to the mothers of their children.
One such man was also a faithful member and leader of his church–the Jehovah’s Witnesses. I remember being surprised that he was part of such a conservative group. It was then that I first heard and began to understand the phrase, “We are everywhere.”
I thought of this yesterday when I saw a front-page story in The New York Times about lesbian and gay students at conservative Christian colleges.
Of course, coming out is an important step in self actualization. It also is a form of testimony, even evangelism, to the wonder and beauty of God. It is a spiritual process, not only in claiming one’s own soul and beauty, but also in testifying to the glory of God.
These students are like those involved in the early church, saying to a skeptical and also needy world, “See the power of our God, who causes love to flower even in the most inhospitable places.”
I hope you’ll read the story and feel inspired and grateful as I do. You can find it here http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/19/us/19gays.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Even%20on%20college%20campuses,%20students%20fight%20for%20gay%20identity&st=cse
And I encourage you to check out Soul Force, a powerful movement headquartered in Lynchburg, VA (of all places, and that story makes my point all over again!), that is really helping these students claim and live God’s truth. Here is that link http://www.soulforce.org/ Consider making a donation if you can. They do amazing work.
I am just awed every day at how God is at work in the world, helping us to spread the love.