Editor's Note

September 01, 2012

Wayne Blakely's testimony is one of redemption. After nearly 40 years in an actively gay lifestyle, he found saving grace in a new relationship with Christ. Since then, Wayne, as a same-sex attracted Seventh-day Adventist in the Northwest, has sought to make a daily choice to abide in Christ according to his conviction from God's Word. In contrast with the increasingly political stridency of many who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT), his testimony is important for Northwest Adventists to consider.

Wayne's perspectives may not match your journey or that of a loved one who has come to a different view of Christ's call to believers. But some things we all hold in common: the desire to love and be loved; the sense of safety and acceptance; and a desperate need of a Savior.

Corporately, we pray for the grace of Christ to infuse our Northwest churches with a welcoming spirit to all God's children who seek the Savior.

We invite your comments about this interview or your own particular journey at talk@gleaneronline.org.