“LGBTQQIA” is the acronym of choice for people who identify as non-heterosexual. It is a better description than simply saying “gay people.” So, what’s it mean?

●      Lesbian: a woman sexually attracted to women

●      Gay: a man sexually attracted to men

●      Bi-sexual: a man or woman sexually attracted to both sexes

●      Transgender: a person who changes gender or gender identity

●      Queer: an umbrella term for anyone not identifying as heterosexual

●      Questioning: a person who is unsure about his or her sexual orientation or gender identity

●      Intersex: a person whose gender is neither male nor female

●      Asexual: a person who lacks (or has a low level) of sexual attraction

Jesus told his hearers (and the rest of us through the past 2000 years) to trust God and to love others. He often chastised the religious leaders to stop making rules for everyone. Jesus hated the rules and regulations and the resultant hypocrisy. Jesus loved God and he loved people—all people, LGBTQIA people included.

Consider this analogy: Jesus loved each of those people so much that when the grenade came into his barracks, he jumped on it. He sacrificed his life to save his buddies. I’m one of those guys who was standing around being a jerk when Jesus jumped on that grenade. I’m a life saved by Christ.

That’s a pretty big burden to carry. Jesus sacrificed his life so that I could live. As I try to live a redeemed life, I struggle to hear the Holy Spirit’s directions and to follow those directions in my relationships with all people.

Since I’ve come to recognize non-traditional sex as valid as my own weird variety, why did I populate the book with heterosexual instructions and examples?  Because I need to write about what I know.  Perhaps those with knowledge of non-heterosexual sex can add it here.