"NALT: A How-To Manual" (to make your church LGBT affirming)

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As a follow-up to the story we shared this week on the new "Not All Like That" (NALT) group of Christians who are pushing forward the homosexual agenda in their churches and communities, the Huffington Post has shared an article, NALT: A How-To Manual for Your Church, about how church members can "reclaim" their congregations from those Bible-believing bigots. Here is how the writer suggests gay-affirming members go about "NALTing":

  • Start small: Don't feel like you need to make an announcement or put up flyers, because churches often don't condone PSAs that are not sponsored by the church. An open invitation and word of mouth will do just fine for the first meeting.
  • Stand your ground: Depending on your church's theoretical climate, you may be approached by someone who will advise against your NALTing or even try to stop your meeting. Stay calm and ask them to grab coffee with you sometime. If they are aggressively homophobic, then they are not NALT and therefore are not allowed to come to your NALT club.
  • Leave church politics at church: If a pastor or church leader comes to join your NALTs, do not be intimidated by their status or let them override conversations. With everyone in their street clothes and enjoying food, your NALTs are equal members and entitled to equal opinions.
  • Appoint at least one LGBT person (ideally one representative of each letter in the acronym) to be present at every meeting: Hashing out LGBT issues without an LGBT person is like flying a plane without an air traffic controller.
  • Expose your group to liberal media: Although sites like Christianity Today and Christian News will often cover LGBT issues, they are often written without any actual LGBT writer or perspective. Seek out Christian models in liberal media who can provide a balance to what you are conversing about.
  • Don't take sides: The church choir mom who is desperate for her lesbian niece to inherit the kingdom of God will not -- I repeat: will not -- beat out the transgender teen who is desperate to worship openly. When you have a duel of desperations, you will have a stalemate. Try to approach the issues objectively, without taking personal offense.
  • Finally, and most importantly, emphasize that there is no "cure" for homosexuality: Whether you would like to believe it or not, homosexuality is not a choice, and we cannot help our attraction any more than you can. It is not a disease. It is not a "struggle." However, there are different ways of living with yourself when you are attracted to the same sex. Evaluating those ways is part of what NALT is all about.

Now you know.