Coming out

Last week Phillip Schofield stole the headlines by “coming out” as ‘gay’. This was a huge shock to me – as I assumed this was the case anyway.

Phillip Schofield has been ever present in my life. As a child I would race home from school to watch him and Gordon the Gopher in the broom cupboard, I loved waking up to ‘Going Live’ on a Saturday morning and I had the privilege of seeing him on stage as Joseph (dressed in his technicolour dream coat).

I have so much respect for him as a broadcaster and entertainer and I pray that this is how he will be remembered.

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I am deeply grieved that Phillip Schofield had to go to the extent of divulging his sexual desires on national TV.  His sexuality is his business and the ordeal must have put such a strain on his family. They have all been in my prayers during this difficult time.

Sadly this is one of the consequences of living in a post-Christian nation. No longer are we defined as equals, image bearers of God, with a shared desire to glorify Him in good works, but rather our identity has become sexualised. Putting unnecessary pressure on those conflicted in such areas.

So, I want to say to Phillip Schofield and to anyone else in his circumstance – however cathartic “coming out” maybe, do not let this experience define you. Because you are so much more than your sexual preference, you are a human being and God loves you (Genesis 1:27), you are of infinite value to Him (John 3:16) and thus greatly treasured by Him (Ephesians 2:4-5). God made you who you are (Psalm 139:14) and He does not make mistakes (Psalm 18:30) and whatever you are going through or whatever experience you have faced as you are finding your way in this life, this does not exclude you from God’s Grace (Romans 3:23-24).

Dear friends, when all that you desire today is gone, all you will have left is God. Happiness can only be found in Jesus and whether you are Rich, Poor, Black, White, LGBTQ+ – the Bibles message is clear – All can come (Revelation 22:17) through the Cross (1 Corinthians 1:18) and know God’s love, forgiveness and rest.

We continue to pray for the Schofield family.

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