Over the last six months I have been really wrestling with my theology and ministry practice in the area of sexuality. If you read my blog you may have seen little glimpses here and there, some subtle, some not so subtle. As I have been rounding the corner on some clearer understandings and convictions I have found myself engaged in a number of really amazing and challenging conversations. One of the more amazing conversations was with a friend and fellow youth worker who shared with me his addiction to homosexual pornography in his past. As he shared his story with me, I thought that this was a compelling story that was worthy to be shared.
He is remaining anonymous because I don't want his story to negatively impact his ministry context. But I wanted to have him share it because if we are ever going to move forward in this discussion and in bringing the good news of healing and redemption then we have to throw back the curtain and allows space for us to share our stories.
Currently there isn't any place for adults to share their personal struggles with sex and sexuality. It is the forbidden topic, the topic that leads to being fired, divorced, and often forcing people to move away and start from scratch some where else. But I am want to continually push toward a truly authentic Christian community where our entire lives are shared, our entire lives are laid before Jesus, and we truly carry each others burdens and celebrate each other's victories.
I hope you are encouraged by my friend's story and hope that you have people in your life that you can share your story with and that you are someone in which others feel the same freedom with you.