LGBTQ Suffering & Pulse Shooting, one year later – Romans 5:1-8

 

In this episode, we talk about…

  • how perseverance and hope can take on special meaning for queer and trans people
  • the anniversary of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida
  • the resilience of the LGBTQ community — we’ve been persecuted for so long but we are still here
  • the tension between suffering producing character and also suffering not being something God wants for us
  • how it’s not your duty to suffer
  • how God & Christ love you even in your imperfections

Read the transcript (PDF)

Romans 5:1-8

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.