The Strength to Stand: a Basis of Faith and Equality

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The Strength to Stand: A Basis of Faith and Equality

Being raised, as many are, in a traditional, American, conservative Christian environment and being gay are not what I would call the easy life. Having internal struggles with what was flowing naturally, yet being bombarded with rhetoric from the pulpit, the pew, family and friends makes it difficult to hear a clear voice from inside. Sometimes you just have to stop, and let it all go and listen to one still small voice that will make it all clear. Too many voices can make a man go crazy! I've walked a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment that many probably walk, but few take the time to articulate.

Everyone needs something to believe in. There should be something that brings an element of hope and security. Some choose to meditate through various activities and exercises. Some immerse themselves in family activities, but when your heart is connected in faith to God, you draw your solace and strength from the word of God. So what was I to do when, seemingly, the very thing that I gained strength from is what is being used to tear me down and destroy me? Is there a way to balance this? Is it possible that “the voices” that had become so loud in condemnation had taken this thing that was so loved and precious to you and misused it? Had they taken this Holy writ out of context and instead of allowing it to be the loving comfort that it was designed and intended to be; made it into a weapon of warfare that it was never intend to become? I was determined to find the truth in my journey.

I wasn’t your normal child growing up, in the sense of being like every other kid; trying drugs, partying, and being rebellious to your parents. I found Christ in my younger years at the age of eleven. There were too many negative things that I saw and went through at a young age. But I believed God’s grace covered my…...

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