Christians across the world are reclaiming their religion from extremists like Tony Perkins and Rev. Pat Robertson. They are standing up and speaking out in favor of LGBT equality.
Let your voice be heard by visiting NotAllLikeThat.org and creating your very own NALT video. If you are a pastor or a church leader -- you can host a NALT Sunday where your congregation makes NALT videos after services.
We want LGBT Christians, and all people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered to know that not all Christians believe your sexual orientation is a sin. We welcome you into our church, and there are many Christians out there who would be happy to include you into the family of Christ.
If you are here to comment about your disagreement, please do not waste your time. This video really isn't directed to you. It is directed to the many, many people in the LGBT community who have been ostracized and think there is no church home that will accept them and love them for who they are.
NALT Christians: Rob and Linda Robertson, who attend Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, WA, are outspoken advocates for LGBT equality and are passionate about communicating to gay Christians that God loves them exactly as they are and wants to use them exactly as they are to change the world.
I'm The Rev. Rhonda McIntire, and I've been an Episcopal priest for 17 years. I wear this red feather boa on a float that my church -- San Gabriel the Archangel in Corrales, New Mexico -- sponsors in the Albuquerque Pride Parade every summer.
I've been in love with Jesus all my life. With God's grace, I've been gifted with the certain knowledge that Jesus loves me unconditionally -- and that he loves everyone else the same way. Even though others might, Jesus will never let us down.
My being loved by Jesus causes me to be a straight ally for my LGBT sisters and brothers, advocating every way I can for marriage equality. For me, it is about the respect and dignity and fairness I believe Jesus wants for all people.
The Baptismal Covenant in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer is the framework of our tradition. In it, two key questions are asked of those about to be baptized and of those who are already baptized as they renew their vows:
"Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?" and
"Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?"
If a Christian answers, "I will, with God's help," then how can that Christian possibly not support fairness for all people?
Bishop Pearson encourages African American churches to wake up and discard the Don't Ask Don't Tell attitude toward gay and transgender people and reconsider how we can live, work and walk together by faith and in the love of God.
If you are gay or lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender, then there's a good chance that you've either MET a Christian or been confronted by the Christian-perspective that tells you "you are an abomination to God," or, "The Bible clearly is opposed to homosexuality," or something similar. But I (and many others) are here to tell you that NOT ALL CHRISTIANS ARE LIKE THAT. Learn more at the NALT Christians Project homepage: http://www.notalllikethat.org.
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Here is the reality: We are not all like that. Ray McKinnon, an ordained minister, doesn't believe that a homosexual in a monogamous and committed relationship is sinful neither does he believe that a heterosexual in a monogamous and committed relationship is sinful.
Christian churches, denominations and organizations have been working toward LGBT equality since 1964. The welcoming church movement currently includes some 5,000 congregations and about one million members. NALT is proud to partner with the following Christian LGBT-affirming organizations: