IWU student Phil Ross has a post today on Love is an Orientation, a blog from the Chicago-based Marin Foundation, a Christian ministry that shares the love of Jesus Christ with LGBTQ individuals in Chicago and elsewhere. Ross is serving a summer internship with the Marin Foundation.

In the post, Ross tells the story of his own life, of having grown up being bullied by people who thought he was gay and of how God used that experience to give him a special empathy for people in the LGBTQ communities:

As I learn to embrace my own identity and God’s unconditional love for me, I’ve become increasingly aware of his unconditional love for all people – regardless of race, gender, gender identity, orientation, ethnicity, socio-economic status…and the list goes on.

Wherever we go and whatever we do, we know we have a resting place in our Lord. As I grow in understanding of what it is to live in true and proper worship of God, I take comfort that my same God promises us safety.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:1-4).

Read the full blog post on Patheos.

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