Revoice believes that Christians have the freedom and responsibility to choose what language they use to speak about their experience of sexuality. This can be an important decision, one that calls for seeking wise and trusted counsel and taking into account several considerations. The language chosen should be that which the person feels strengthens their obedience to God, helps them see themselves as God sees them, helps them describe themselves accurately and truthfully, and helps them relate best to others in their context and life circumstances. Language that works well for one person may not work well for another depending on their different struggles, histories, communities, and situations. Also, language that works well in one context may not work well in another. One challenge of the internet, however, is that an article aimed at reaching out to one audience will easily be overheard by others, who may misunderstand both the meaning and intention behind the author’s choice of language.
As we put it in our Statement on Sexual Ethics and Christian Obedience, “Whether individuals choose “gay” or “same-sex-attracted” to describe their orientation and experience is a matter of wisdom and liberty, and should not divide believers who otherwise share a commitment to historic Christian teaching about marriage and sexuality.”