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Lesbian becomes a Christian through kindness of a pastor and his wife
“Stupid. Pointless. Menacing. That's what I thought of Christians and their god Jesus” 
Rosaria Butterfield 

Butterfield, a leftist lesbian professor, had a “happy, meaningful, and full” life, and she despised Christians. She especially didn’t understand why many well-known Christian leaders consistently made unloving, sarcastic remarks about homosexuality.

Then Butterfield met Pastor Ken Smith and his wife, who treated her with respect. Instead of sneering and proclaiming truth, they invited her to their home, became her friend, and asked her good questions. 

 Her resistance was strong when she began reading the Bible, but “God's promises rolled in like sets of waves into [her] world.” 

 Butterfield is now a Christian, the wife of a pastor and a mother. 

Her story reminds us that everyone, no matter how happy, needs Jesus. And it also shows us that love, kindness and friendship change hearts, not angry, sarcastic proclamations. 

We must share God’s truth, but we must share it in mercy because “mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:13). 

 Christianity Today, My Train Wreck Conversion by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

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10 comments:

  1. *WOW* is all I can say on that one!

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  2. My mother always told us that we could catch more flies with honey than vinegar. It was very important to her that our words lifted up rather than tearing down. This is an excellent example.

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  3. I know a man who was homosexual and a drug addict before he got saved. Now, he's a husband, father, and man of God. Beautiful.

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    1. Amen! Another confirmation that our God loves people and wants to transform them into lifestyles that draw them closer to Him.

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  4. This post gives hope where it would seem that there was no hope. Thanks Gail, again, for sharing such a well-thought through post.

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  5. Powerful!! Another awesome story of how Christ changes lives.

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  6. Dear Gail
    What an encouraging story! I have found that many Christians not only crucify the gay community; they also crucify their own wounded!
    Much love
    Mia

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  7. I think as a Christian we need to do what Christ did himself! Sometimes we get what "Christ" did and what the "Jews" did mixed up.. We are ready to stone and condemn others who have committed a certain sin but none of us can cast the first stone because we all have sinned! I think we all need to put love on ;)

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