This last month at Wildwood we've had three wonderful sermons, and three wonderful bible study sessions that examined the scriptures that people most commonly reference when discussing same gendered relationships in the Bible. It was a wonderful sermon series, rooted in scripture that contained a powerful message about love and grace. But now, I ask you to please put your magnifying glass away.

Being one of the people at Wildwood Mennonite who identifies as part of the queer community, I can’t help but feel like when we explore this topic – it can become extremely personal. Not that it was a negative experience, but you soon realize that living as a queer person, it feels like that people zoom in on me, and people latch on to me and my story. This is okay, but you often realize how much you are talked about. Fortunately people have been very affirming, but it feels odd when people discuss you or your sexual orientation so publicly. Very rarely do I discuss my heterosexual friend's sexual orientation so publicly - zooming in on the personal details of their life. I'm feeling like I need a bit of a break, so please put your magnifying glass away.

I’m not always aware of what it’s like to live on the other side. In his recent blog post Joe shared about his privileges of be being in the straight majority – he only has to think about his sexuality when he wants to.

“The rest of the time, I’m free to identify myself—or not—through a variety of other categories: pastor, father, neighbour, American, sports fan, etc.  Even when I’m with my wife, holding hands as we walk down the street, those other labels are what come to mind for most of the people we walk past.  I never assume that someone is thinking “there goes another straight couple… keep your sexuality to yourself!”

Not so for many in the LGBTQ* community.  That label is attached to so much of what they do and who they are: “our new neighbour, you know, the lesbian.”  “The gay parents at my kid’s school.”  “I think my yoga teacher must be gay.”  Etc. (And those are just the well-intentioned labels.)  At any point their sexuality is up for discussion and commentary, whether or not it’s relevant to the situation at hand.  Especially at church these days.

I would hope people in the church would see me for my faith which I believe defines my character. Under that umbrella I serve as the church treasurer, a person in the communications profession, a taxpayer, worship leader, a person who loves to dance, a person who loves to laugh, a person who loves the faith, a person who eats, sleeps, and reads the paper. I do all of these things from a Christian perspective – not the gay perspective. I am reminded that in my baptism I am a Christian, my sexual orientation does not have to define me or my actions. My identity in Christ defines me. So please, put your magnifying glass away.

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Adult Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. 
Worship: 10:45 a.m. 

Family Singing Time: 10:15 a.m. 
Junior Sunday School During Worship

 

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Pastor Joe Heikman
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