Coming Out Christian ~ Adrian J Smith: Outside the Margins

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Coming Out Christian

One thing people might or might not know about me is that I’m a Christian. I’m actually an ordained minister whose day job is to take care of some wonderful congregations. This scares of a lot of people, and I seem to have a tendency to do that in both parts of my life. You see, I’m pretty young to be a minister, and I have tattoos and a ton of piercings. I don’t exactly look or, in some people’s opinions, act like a Christian.

These two realms, writing and my faith, are strong influences on my life and how I see the world. The world, the stories in the Bible, and the stories of people’s lives are exactly like a novel. There are plot threads running every which way, and we—as the author of said story—decide which one is at the forefront when.

I really got to thinking about this when I took a short term narrative therapy class. Each life is a novel: multiple characters, multiple plots, multiple problems, twists and turns. We are the authors of our own lives, and we decide which plot line we want in the forefront, or at least we hope to decide that. When twists and turns happen, that outside force we can’t control, then the plot changes and we have to react to it and figure it out.

So here’s the thing, the whole reason I’m even bringing this up. I’m a Christian, a Christian who writes lesbian genre fiction, who sometimes on occasion writes erotica, and is even known to plop a lesbian Christian character into stories every once in a while.

I don’t see a problem with it. Many people don’t. Many people do, on both sides of the spectrum. Christianity in LGBT et al fiction has always been taboo. It’s a subject we don’t talk about, one we don’t want to read about, one where if the word God is even mentioned or thought about in any way other than an exaltation during orgasm gives us an uneasy feeling. It makes us squirm in our seats and glance around. It sounds preachy.

But it’s not. There are so many Christians out there who are LGBT et al and so many LGBT et al who are Christians, and both are afraid to speak out. To tell one’s church that one is gay? To tell one’s gay friends that one is a Christian? It’s like coming out all over again.

Coming out is hard. To say the words, to have it out in the open, to acknowledge something we know is so true and essential and to know we will no longer be completely safe. It’s scary. It makes us rethink it over and over again.

Christianity is a thread in my life. So it’s easy to see that Christianity is occasionally a thread in my works. Sometimes other religions are thrown in there, typically religion in association with a new world I’ve created. Faith isn’t something to be afraid of when reading. It adds relatability to the characters and a depth of personhood to them that might not be achievable otherwise. It adds a layer of reality that we all know is true, whether we’ll willingly admit it or not.

So, I’m coming out. I’m coming out as a Christian writer of lesbian genre fiction who often has lesbian characters who have faith in a supreme higher being.

~ Adrian J Smith

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9 thoughts on “Coming Out Christian ~ Adrian J Smith: Outside the Margins

  1. Great post, Adrian! — and I totally get where you’re coming from. I’m an author of m/m erotic romance, and I’m “out” to my congregation — I’m Episcopalian, and our (female) rector’s wife is one of my biggest supporters. The Episcopal Church of Minnesota is a regular participant in Pride Week festivities (the main festival in Minneapolis is right across the street from the Cathedral), and I’ve actually been stopped during the Pride march by people who want to thank me for helping show the world that not all Christians are a**holes…

    • hahaha yeah! I wish my current congregations were a bit more accepting, but maybe that’s why I’m here. I’m not “out” to them at all, and probably never will be unless they find out in other manners. I also live in rural Kansas though.

      I love churches that are proud to be prideful. There’s a fantastic church in Dallas that one of my friends is a minister of and what they do is amazing to me.

  2. I love this!

    I’m a Christian. And I have tattoos and piercings and am most comfortable in my converse all-stars and jeans. And I identify as not completely straight (i guess *technically* I’m queer but I don’t particularly care for labels).

    And some days (most days really) I struggle with all of this. I struggle with feeling like I don’t fit into any one particular box, or that I’m not “normal”. It’s like being in high school all over again, and it’s annoying.

    Posts like this, novels like yours, go so far to making me feel like I’m not so weird or different after all. They’re a great reminder that Christians come in all shapes, colors, sizes and orientations. <3

    • Awww thanks! I’m not straight either, and I also hate labels. And haven’t you heard Bowling for Soup’s song, High School Never Ends? But, I digress.

      Christians do come in all flavors and colors of the rainbow; it just seems that sometimes people forget diversity is a good thing, that without it we lose our identity of who we are.

      Sometimes, we get too stuck in our way of thought (those who are Christians and those who are non-Christians) that we forget we have to look at things from a different POV when we’re talking and dealing with any other person.

      I’m glad you liked this post =D

  3. Lovely, lovely post Adrian. It’s so frustrating that the hatemongering side of Christianity is so loud it drowns out the rest of us and makes it seem everyone believes from the same cloth. I love the exploration of faith in GLBTQ fiction and how people reconcile themselves to aspects that may not fit.

    Thanks for taking the time to “Come out” for us. We’re not all crazy!

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