M Live
May 30, 2013

A firefight on the road to Baghdad helped give Daniel Dobson the courage to come out as a gay man. Dobson, then 18, had been in Iraq only a few weeks when his U.S. Army gun truck came under heavy fire from al Qaeda. He froze up momentarily with fear. But he reached deep in his gut to withstand the assault, helped by a note card he’d put on the windshield.

It quoted the book of Hebrews: “The Lord has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’”

While that 2004 attack was terrifying, it helped prepare Daniel for an even scarier moment almost two years ago. He stood outside his parents’ door and repeated Hebrews 13:5-6 to himself. Then he told them, “Mom, dad, I’m gay. And I still love Jesus. And nothing else changes.”

GLAAD has recently posted about how Christians are increasingly embracing LGBT people. http://www.glaad.org/blog/glaad-bubba-watson-christians-are-embracing-lgbt-people