I’m serious. Stop calling yourself gay. Or straight. Or lesbian, transgender, bisexual. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be proud of who you are; in fact, I’m saying the opposite.
Who are you? To your core, what defines you? I am so happy that people who struggle in understanding their sexuality no longer have to feel completely alone in the battle; we’ve taken leaps in these past several years. Embrace the things that make you you. But don’t let your sexuality define who you are as a person. And don’t dismiss another human as worthy of love based solely on their own sexuality.
We define our love, our relationships, the very core of who we are by our sexuality. Of course, sexuality is very important. But it’s only one facet of who you are as a person. Self-identifying with phraseology like straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender isn’t helping us discern who we are, it’s holding us back from how great we could be. Putting our sexuality on a pedestal and crowning it as the delineating point in who we are is preventing us from living the life that God intended for us.
God created us to be many things; he also created us differently, which is what makes this world so beautiful. But I don’t think that His intention was for us to overlook all of the amazing things that we could be by allowing our sexual preferences to cloud the more meaningful qualities that make us so incredibly special.
Instead of self-identifying with terms like gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, think of all the other terms that we could self-identify with; terms like father, mother, brother, sister, friend, and most importantly, beloved sons and daughters of Christ. We are people. We are more than sexual beings.
We’re living in a culture in which we’re told that in order to discover who we are, we have to give ourselves away. If we don’t experiment sexually, then how will we understand sex? How will we know love? If we don’t label ourselves by our sexual preferences, then how will people understand who we are?
BE PROUD. Be proud of who you are. Be proud of the quirks and gifts that make you different. Be proud of the fact that you were made in the image and likeness of God.
You are so much more than your sexuality.
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