it gets better

It seems that recently a lot of stories have been surfacing regarding gay teens committing suicide. The video below is part of a project to spread the word to those hurting that, “it gets better.” 

Recently, Ellen Degeneres also offered a plea for people to get involved and help stop the bullying which leads to these tragic events. (You can watch her video here.) I don’t think this is the time for the church to stand up and start  talking about whatever the narrative may or may not say concerning homosexuality. Right now, people dont need to hear another voice, they need to be listened to, they need to be loved, they need to feel hope again and know that it gets better. 

We often ask God to show up. We pray prayers of rescue. Perhaps God would ask us to be that rescue, to be His body, to move for things that matter. He is not invisible when we come alive. I might be simple but more and more, I believe God works in love, speaks in love, is revealed in our love. I have seen that this week and honestly, it has been simple: Take a broken girl, treat her like a famous princess, give her the best seats in the house. Buy her coffee and cigarettes for the coming down, books and bathroom things for the days ahead. Tell her something true when all she’s known are lies. Tell her God loves her. Tell her about forgiveness, the possibility of freedom, tell her she was made to dance in white dresses. All these things are true.

We are only asked to love, to offer hope to the many hopeless. We don’t get to choose all the endings, but we are asked to play the rescuers. We won’t solve all mysteries and our hearts will certainly break in such a vulnerable life, but it is the best way. We were made to be lovers bold in broken places, pouring ourselves out again and again until we’re called home.“  – Jamie Tworkowski

2 thoughts on “it gets better

  1. >Good for you, Matt, to support a controversial cause! All people are God's children and deserve to be loved, regardless. Was this one of your points of contention with the LCMS? I bet! Let me know if I'm right, I'm curious.

  2. >Its not about a cause, a doctrine, or some other issue, its about people. I dont consider my points of contention with the LCMS to be any different than points of contention that I have with other denominations. But in the end we are all a family, no matter our views, and that is what is paramount. Leaving the sem was about maintaining my own integrity. I still feel the LCMS to be the closest thing to a 'home' denomination that I can find. I just needed to leave the nest, to spread my wings and fly the way my instincts tell me to fly.

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