What Does It Mean for the Church to Love LGBTQ+ Adventists?
30 March 2022 |
There is a lot of talk about love in the church, and about our relationship to LGBTQ+ Adventists.
For their part, people who oppose same-sex marriage and transgender identity are clear that they still love LGBTQ+ people. But some feel that that it’s wrong for them to be pressured to change their sincerely held beliefs in order for their love to be taken seriously. Many of these same people are concerned that love can become a justification for anyone to do whatever they please.
On the other hand, LGBTQ+ Adventists have concerns and complaints about how they have been treated in the church. What does any of this have to do with the foundational laws of loving God and loving one’s neighbor? How does biblical love inform our beliefs and the challenges presented by LGBTQ+ Adventists?
Alicia Johnston holds an M.Div. from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, as well as an MA in Clinical Psychology. In 2017 she came out as LGBTQ+-affirming and bisexual in a viral video that resulted in her forced resignation as a pastor in the Adventist Church. In addition to the podcast and blogging on affirming theology, she has written a book explaining affirming theology for Seventh-day Adventists called The Bible and LGBTQ Adventists. Her passion is helping Christians see why they can affirm same-sex marriage and support gender transition. See her work at www.aliciajohnston.com.
Randi Robertson is an instructor/pilot for JetBlue Airlines. She teaches at JetBlue University at Orlando International Airport.
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