For those looking for a little light in the darkness, here’s a great article on how men and women who were once shackled by the chains of being LGBT are now free because Christ set them free! And they are going to Washington DC to celebrate their freedom in Christ on May 5 and to show others in chains that they can also be set free.
CHRISTIAN POST – Former transgender, bisexual, lesbian and gay men and women, including an Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting survivor, will be gathering in the nation’s capital for a worship event next weekend to proclaim how Jesus Christ liberated them.
Attendees from across the nation will assemble at the National Sylvan Theater from noon to 3 p.m. on May 5 for what is being called Freedom March.
Daren Mehl, president of the group Voice of the Voiceless, says he sees the event as “an opportunity for those of us who have a new life with Jesus to come together in fellowship and praise Him for the love and grace available to everyone who seeks it [and] to testify publicly of the life-changing grace available to leave the LGBT identity for something greater,” he told The Christian Post on Friday.
Mehl, 40, is a Minnesota native who identified as a gay man for approximately 10 years. Today he is married to a woman and has two children. He will also be at next Saturday’s march.
He told CP that when he encountered the Gospel his entire value system, purpose for living, and beliefs about who he is changed, including his sexual identity.
“Jesus asked me to lay down my identity at His feet and surrender it for a new one in Him. I decided the gay label and lifestyle didn’t align to my desired identity as a Christian. Trying to align my choices in behavior to my Christian identity took years of struggling, and sometimes it was quite painful,” he said.
He believes this Freedom March is necessary to showcase the many formerly LGBT lives that Jesus has transformed and to encourage those who are struggling with their sexuality and are seeking answers, many of whom often feel they are alone.
“They are not alone,” he stressed.
One of those going to the march is a survivor of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando:
Luis Javier Ruiz, a survivor of the June 2016 massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where 49 people were murdered by Omar Mateen in what was at the time the worst mass shooting in modern American history, will be participating in the May 5 march.
“I should [have] been number 50,” Ruiz wrote on his Facebook page Friday.
“Going through old pictures of the night of Pulse a memory were (sic) my struggles of perversion, heavy drinking to drown out everything and having promiscuous sex that led to HIV. [T]he enemy had its grip and now God has taken me from that moment and has given me Christ Jesus. I’ve grown to know [H]is love in a deeper level.”
Ruiz lost several friends that night.
“I should [have] been number 50,” he reiterated, “but now I have the chance to live in relationship and not religion, not just loving Christ but being in love with Christ and sharing [H]is love. I know who I am and I am not defined with who the enemy says I used to be but who Christ Jesus says I am.”
This was posted by the Freedom March on Facebook, as some of the speakers in the movement will be in this documentary:
Praise the Lord for his mighty power and deeds. It just goes to show that nothing is too great for God, that even in the falling away God is changing the lives of those who hear His voice.