Hello, gay Christians in China!

Hello from America to my Chinese friends! My name is John Shore (or, in Chinese, 蕭約翰). I am 54 years of age. I reside in the large city of San Diego, in the state of California. I am a heterosexual. I have been married to my beautiful wife for thirty-one years. This is me:

I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus Christ died for the sins of all mankind. I believe that, because of the divine sacrifice of Jesus Christ, I will one day stand blameless before God. I have no concern for changing people who are not Christian into Christians. I think religion and ideas about God are a private matter for each person to decide for themselves. But I am glad that I am a Christian.

I have a friend in Taiwan who writes the Chinese-language blog Love Has No Boundaries. She is a lesbian. She told me that many Chinese people who are gay believe that being gay is a sin. She asked me to write this to you. She will translate it into Chinese and then publish it on her blog. (She did it! It is here.) She will also publish it on a new blog that she will soon launch on Chinese servers. We are hopeful this will allow us to reach as many Chinese gay people as possible.

I do not believe that being gay is a sin. I believe that it is okay with God if Christian people are homosexual. I believe that God smiles upon good gay relationships the same way He smiles upon good heterosexual relationships. God made some people gay, some people straight, and some people in between the two. All are equal in His loving eyes.

There is nothing wrong with being gay. It is natural, the same way it is natural to be straight. Being gay is not a sin.

Millions of Christians in America agree that being gay is not a sin. And every day more and more Christians in America and around the world are deciding the same thing. It is really amazing how fast the traditional Christian opinion of homosexuality is changing.

If you are gay and Christian, I and my many American Christian friends send our love to you. And we want to share with you the truth that we know, which is that in the eyes of God you are not unworthy. You are all right being gay. God loves you the same as He does any heterosexual person. Maybe he loves you even more, because He knows how often gay people have to suffer due to the many wrong and hurtful things people say about homosexuality in His name.

On my blog I have written a lot of posts about why and how it is okay with God if Christians are gay. My Taiwanese friend has translated two of those posts into Chinese. Her translation of my post  The Best Case for the Bible Not Condemning Homosexuality is 聖經並未譴責同性戀的最佳例證. Her translation of my post Wings on a Pig is (硬把罪加在同性戀身上)就像豬身上的翅膀.

I am grateful to you for reading this. God bless you.

Your friend in America,

John Shore

(蕭約翰)

The illustration at the top of this article is “The Risen Lord,” painted by the incomparable Chinese Christian artist He Qi.

P.S.  If you write a blog that is not in English, I encourage you to translate this post into your language (making, of course, the appropriate changes) and post it on your blog. If you do that, please send me the link. Thank you.

About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. Don't forget to sign up for his mucho-awesome newsletter.

  • Carol VanderNat

    Hello from Michigan – the state that looks like a mitten! my name is Carol, and I want to welcome you to this circle of friends, and to tell you that there is absolutely NOTHING “wrong” with you…God doesn’t make mistakes…and He made each of us! I am just now starting the process of ‘coming out” here, and even though this is not easy, I have the support of some faithful friends, gay and straight, and I hope that we here can give that support to you as well…..WELCOME!!

  • http://carolinedyechapel.org Caroline Dye Memorial Chapel

    And another welcome from California! I’m the pastor of a very small Spiritualist chapel — prayer space, not communal worship space. I hold nightly prayer services for many people in need, and I always include prayers for GLBT folks who have been convinced that God made them to be “abominations.” I don’t believe God makes abominations, and I do believe that God made each of us what we are.

    More details here: “Console and strengthen the living; avenge the dead”

  • Jill

    The very little bit I can add is, thanks John for these thoughts. You pretty much rock.

  • Caroline Miller

    Hi! I live in the state of Kentucky, best known in China as the home of KFC. I am so glad that John Shore is continuing to reach out to Chinese readers, and I just want to tell you that I am fascinated by your stories and want to know you better. This is especially important to me because this fall I will be moving to Xi’an, China, to work as a secondary school English teacher. I sincerely hope that I will be able to find a religious community that welcomes and affirms gay people. It would mean so much to me to meet others who are willing to share their faith journeys with me and help me discover whatever purpose God has for me in China.

  • Mindy

    Hello from Missouri! I am a 52-yr.-old heterosexual woman. I was married but am now divorced and have two beautiful teenage daughters who were born in China. We have returned several times, and as the birthcountry of my children, China holds a very special place in my heart. Both of my daughters are heterosexual, but they both have close friends who are not. I believe, from the bottom of my heart, that the LGBT people of the world are as loved by God as anyone else. We are to treat our fellow human beings with kindness and compassion and live as Jesus taught. Who we love doesn’t matter, as long as we do love!!

  • David C Thompson via Facebook

    Welcome to our growing Community!

  • Dawn Pedigo Long via Facebook

    Be true to yourself…you’re perfect just the way you are! xoxoxoxox

  • http://www.facebook.com/bwalston Brad Walston via Facebook

    You are loved!

  • Elizabeth

    I was raised in Michigan and Florida with a lot of traditional Christians. Where I went to high school, the teacher was ridiculed for teaching evolution. My friends got in more trouble than I did because they were black or gay or weird. That bothered me so much I ended up studying the Bible at Oxford University, just so I could learn what it really said. John’s a wise man and a good friend. He has changed how the United States views both gays and Christians. You can trust him, and you can trust the commenters, here on this blog. Blessings and love from New York.

  • Carlos Webster

    Hi – Just wanted to let all our GLBTQI sisters and brothers in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong as well as those Christians through out Asia that God loves you so much and is already building up some amazing congregations of Christians in all of Asia. I just got back from a conference in Hong Kong of Open and Affirming churches in the region! What a blessing – I feel like I have seen the future as these mostly young Christians, men, women, transgender, gay lesbian bisexual and our allies speak out for the God who loves all people. There are churches rising up everywhere in Asia for GLBTQI people. And they are a powerful witness to the God of Love and Justice to all – especially those who are marginalized (for any reason). There are primarily GLBTQI congregations Mainland China (underground churches that have to remain on the quiet) Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, in Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Japan. I’m going to try to link to a Facebook pic that has all the churches at this conference listed and to the Amplify Asia 2012 conference Facebook page.

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/521951_3445659456582_1200118302_n.jpg

    https://www.facebook.com/AmplifyAsia

    Blessings to you all in the name of Jesus our Liberator and Healer!!! Carlos Webster

  • Richard Lubbers

    Hello my brothers and sisters in Jesus,

    I am writing to let you know that there are millions of Christians, both heterosexual and homosexual, that support you in our country. God is not for only a select few, but for all people.

    Keep the faith, and never let anyone take away who you are. In your hearts you know that you have justification in God through Jesus Christ.

    I pray that those in power, in both China and in the USA, will come to understand that all people deserve the dignity and respect that belongs to them in their birth, and that human rights are for everyone.

    May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.

    Richard Lubbers


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