When he was two-years-old his university-professor parents divorced and his father and mother entered the gay lifestyle. His lesbian mum and her partner took him to gay pride parades, LGBT
clubs, parties and camp-outs,. “Mum was a political activist,” says Caleb Kaltenbach, author of Messy Grace (Waterbrook Press). At gay pride parades, Caleb witnessed Christian demonstrators spray homosexual marchers with water and urine. When he asked his mother why they were doing this, she said: “Because Christians hate gay people.” As a result, Caleb wanted nothing to do with God.
In high school, a friend invited him to a Bible study. “I thought I would pretend to be a Christian, learn about Christianity, and dismantle their arguments,” he recalls. But something amazing
happened when he began to read the Bible for himself. Later, he met a Christian friend at a restaurant and asked, “What do you have to do to be saved?” As his friend, Gregg, waxed on about the realities of Jesus and His divinity, something stirred within Caleb. “As Gregg was talking, it happened,” he writes in his book. “Something just shifted inside me. I truly believed what
he was saying… in that moment I became a follower of Jesus.”
Baptised “covertly” almost immediately after he was born again, his dad grounded him after absorbing the shocking news. His lesbian mum and her partner were horrified when they learned,
and accused him of the ultimate betrayal – siding with bigots. The next week, Caleb attended a Christ in Youth conference in southern Missouri. While there, he felt God’s call to become a
pastor and confessed before everyone he wanted to be a preacher.
Soon he was attending Ozark Christian College and later, Talbot Seminary in La Mirada, California. In Southern California, he served on the staff at Shepherd of the Hills Church for 11
years. After graduation, he accepted a call as senior pastor of a church in Dallas. Then something remarkable happened, both his parents independently made decisions to move to Dallas and began attending his church. As the church loved his gay parents without judgment, their hearts began to soften.
After three years of serving in Dallas, he felt called to move back to Southern California to lead Discovery Church in Simi Valley. “Two weeks before we left Dallas, both of my parents gave their lives to the Lord!” “I was floored…how did this happen?” Caleb stresses, “I completely concur that God designed sexuality to be between a man and a woman, but that’s not the first thing I talk about with somebody that’s gay,” he continues. “I want to get to know them as a person, to build a friendship. I want to help them see Christ as their main identity. When they see Christ as their main identity, there is margin for discussion of holy living…”
Source: God Reports; Assist News Service
Bible Study: Luke 7:36-50
PRAISE God for His amazing work of grace in Caleb and his parents.
PRAY that many people struggling with these issues will find their true identity in Christ.