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Ovation: The NALT Project.
I have many friends who are faithful Christians. Like me, they cringe when they see and hear Christian extremists in the news making outrageous statements on behalf of the entire Christian population.
“We’re not all like that” they often say. No, of course we’re not. But why do we continue to let people like Tony Perkins, Maggie Gallagher and Pat Robertson act as public ambassadors of our religion when we don’t agree with the majority of what they have to say? Many issues, particularly those related to LGBT equality, have been hijacked by these bullies.
A new movement is underway. Christians everywhere can now speak out in support of and to proclaim their unconditional love for their LGBT friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members. The new movement, inspired by Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” project, encourages LGBT-affirming Christians to share video messages that unapologetically express their full acceptance of all God’s people.
The NALT (Not All Like That) Christians Project, created by Christian author John Shore and Truth Wins Out, is an online platform that directly challenges the idea that anti-gay Christians represent all or even most of the Christian faithful. The first two videos on the website were from author and advocate Dan Savage, and NALT co-founder John Shore and his wife Catherine.
It’s about time that regular, loving and inclusive Christians have their voices heard. It’s about time that churchgoing folks stand up for young LGBT people, who are so vulnerable to feeling worthless and shunned, just as loudly and clearly as the anti-LGBT Christians condemn them.
We’re NOT ALL LIKE THAT.
More voices need to be heard proclaiming that the Bible teaches love and acceptance, tolerance and kindness, and that “Christian” leaders like Perkins and Robertson do not speak for all of us.
We’re not all like that … and it’s time that we start speaking up.
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