When Jackie Hill Perry didn’t want to be straight
Jackie Hill Perry didn’t mince her words, “I liked girls.… but I don’t want to be straight.” She’s smart, talented, and wants to love and be loved. Like others, what you do or like often defines your identity. Jackie grew up fatherless and homosexuality was every bit of her. She had no intention of becoming straight.
Romans 1:26 somewhat convicted her, but to say that her sexuality is unnatural and abominable was unwelcomed. To her, having a steady relationship with a girl is a natural expression of love, how can it be a sin? However, it wasn’t really the idea that “the sin” bothered her. “I had the unsettling thought that my sin would be the death of me,” which meant she had to step out of the identity she had chosen.
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The identity you choose defines you
At age 4 or 5, she knew she was attracted to the same sex. She didn’t understand why girls made her feel different. “I liked girls, and I knew it.” She labeled herself as a lesbian at 17 years old, she was comfortable with her gender typing until she met Jesus. “There is the reality of same-sex attraction… but there is also the other reality that God is real, and that His word is actual, and it is to be believed, and when you believe, things change,” Jackie said in her video.
→ Can a gay Christian become straight?
When you believe, things change
I love my Girlfriend, but God loved her more
There was no way in Jackie’s mind that she’d give up the love of her life. They were cool, everything was fine. “Why would I do anything else,” she said. They sincerely loved each other but the problem was God loved her more. God’s offer of love transcends human understanding and if we’re willing to accept, it meant dying to oneself. (Galatians 2:20)
Jackie decided to
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→ Rachel Gilson: Is God calling you to be straight?
Taking on a new identity
After Jackie gave her life to Christ, she called her girlfriend and said “I just . . . gotta live for God now,” with a tear-broken voice. Her old-self died that day and taken up a new identity. Ten years later, she is not only happy but joyful for the identity she has chosen.