A Divine Encounter
I recently went on a weekend getaway out of town and had a divine appointment I thought I’d share. In the middle of a pretty hip town with great architecture, lots of artist shops, new age establishments, etc. I discovered a Christian shop. I was surprised to see a Christian store there and went in to check it out. I struck up a conversation with the owner and it turned into a long conversation. I opened the conversation with how cool the town was and he responded that he loved it here, that you could be whoever you are and be accepted – Christian, gay, etc. I then told him about what I do ministering to people with unwanted same-sex attractions and it was the start of a great conversation.
It turns out he has two immediate family members that are gay and he’s connected in with other gay people in town as well. We had a great conversation about how God deeply loves his gay family members and friends and desires them to surrender their lives to Him so they can spend eternity with Him. He was actually very Biblically grounded and we had a great discussion on how to love the people in his life without compromising his Biblical viewpoints. He said multiple times that he’d never met anyone like me before and how great it was to have someone to talk to about this. He’d met many Christians who were Biblically grounded in truth but had very little love for gay people and he was grateful for being able to talk about how to love people well without compromising scripture.
I gave him my contact information and I hope to stay in touch. God used what I thought was going to just be a fun weekend away for something bigger, to encourage and equip this guy to love the gay people in his life well without compromising his beliefs. It was the highlight of my trip.