The Truth in Reality (part 1)

I’ve already created a post called Christian Improv inspired by this video, but it’s bursting at the seams with wisdom. I wouldn’t be doing it justice if I didn’t share and reflect on some mind-blowing thoughts Scott Pierce shared.

  • “If all we’re doing is parroting, then we’re not really grasping the meaning…” My goodness, I think this is what we’ve settled on when it comes to facing the reality of homosexuality in the face of religion (rather than God). We know what to parrot, but we haven’t grasped the meaning of what we’re saying.
  • “It’s my responsibility to take that now truth of the scene and not deny because if I deny that reality, I leave my scene partner out to hang. Now they have to struggle to figure out what comes next in a scene that’s already broken.” I liken this back to the original post about this TedTalk. Christians, we need to give each other space and support in making mistakes. The right thing to do when a brother or sister takes a misstep is not to not do the wrong thing. If we can’t lovingly correct one another, who will? Yea, I know you want to say God, but God uses us! Silence, as we’re starting to grasp in this environment, is harmful and deceivingly divisive.
  • “If I deny the reality of someone in real life, I’m creating one of two outcomes. I either force them to re-frame their reality to fit one I deem appropriate, or {we have} conflict.” That dang Scott was preaching! Your discomfort does not equal someone else’s disqualification. I disagree with: “what’s true for you may not be what’s true for me.” There is only one truth, but there are seemingly infinite realities. So, I choose to phrase it as, “what’s real for you doesn’t necessarily exist in my reality.” The truth is that the unchanging God feels the same way he’s always felt about sin, salvation, forgiveness, etc, but our individual realities may not easily reflect that truth. Our walk as Christians is all about aligning our realities with his truth, but let’s not fall into the trap of believing our realities are the truth. In doing that, we’re alienating those who’s realities don’t match ours.
  • “…forcing that re-framing is dehumanizing; a power play. It’s saying your reality doesn’t matter; at least not as much as mine.” This is such an important idea to grasp as Christians since we are called to value others above ourselves (Philippians 2:3). How are we doing this if we’re trying to make the reality of an LGBTQ+ individual comfortably fit into our realm of understanding?

All of these ideas are applicable to relating to anyone who isn’t like us.

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I am a Life & Ministry Coach who works with established Christian ministries who are seeking to improve relationship with the LGBTQ community. I specialize in gathering and presenting quantitative research as well as providing my own experience to help ministry leaders understand the current landscape and social trends. Now, through sharing my experience and coaching others, I’m coming home to help ministries and individuals navigate the minefield of #cancelculture and the ever-changing landscapes to reach those who feel like they're fighting alone.

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