Back when I started my ministry, I didn’t know I would be an ally to people who are LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual). I didn’t know the blessing that this work would be in my life and in my ministry. I had no idea that I would discover that I am called and convicted by Scripture to do it.
Inevitably, in this work, we will offend someone of our own identity group. Sometimes we lose friendships. Sometimes we learn incredibly valuable lessons about how to do this work with a little more gentleness, a little more savviness, a little more finesse. As allies, we are called to step forward in faith and use the privilege we hold on behalf of the community we serve. We just need to make sure it’s the community’s agenda we’re promoting and not our own.
This message is an excerpt of “Blessed to be an Ally,” by Amanda C. Zentz-Alo from the December 2015 issue of Cafe.