The mothers in my private Facebook support group, Serendipitydodah for Moms, were very encouraged when First Baptist Greenville adopted an LGBT non-discrimination policy. Their willingness to allow same sex couples to marry, ordain LGBT people and embrace the complexities of gender identity give families like ours hope for the future.
This is a letter of support and gratitude signed by 150+ mothers of lgbt kids sent to First Baptist Church Greenville.
Dear Dr. Dant, Staff and Members of First Baptist Greenville:
We are a part of a large private Facebook group of almost 600 Christian moms of LGBT kids. We are working daily and actively to bring attention to acceptance and equality, sometimes in personal relationships and sometimes publicly.
We are writing to you because we want you to know that we support you in your brave stand for grace and love and commend you for being “a faith community seeking to follow Christ’s example.”
Many of us have left organized church because we no longer find it to be a safe place for our family. Hearing about churches such as yours gives us hope about the future for our families.
We understand how difficult it can be to take the position you have taken, allowing same sex couples to marry, being willing to ordain LGBT people and embracing the complexities of gender identity. We are so encouraged by your actions and want you to know that we are praying for you and your congregation, that God will protect, strengthen, guide and bless you.
Your inclusiveness and acceptance of ALL God’s children truly reflects the idea that Paul put forth in Galatians 5:6 when he wrote “the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Hopefully, someday other churches will follow your wonderful example of faith expressing itself through love.
May God bless you all abundantly!