I hate grammar but it is important. Here is a little grammatical lesson for those of you, like me, didn’t learn grammar in school.
A noun is a word that is a person, place, thing, event, substance, idea, etc.
An adjective is a describing word that modifies a noun. So words like pretty, ugly, dumb, smart are adjectives.
E.g. That girl is very pretty. Girl is the noun and pretty is the adjective.
Now you are probably asking what this has to with sexuality.
Well I hear a lot of people talk about their sexuality or relationship status as if it is a noun. So people say I am gay, straight, single, married, divorced etc.
But does the fact that you are gay, bi, straight, single, married, etc. Define you?
I hope not. I hope we cannot boil your essence down to your sexuality or your relationship status. I hope you are much more than that!
The weird thing I hear Christians pigeon holing themselves by using their sexuality or their relationship status as the noun with Christian the adjective.
I say this because when some people say they are a single Christian it seems that their singleness modifies their Christianity not other way around.
When some people say they are a married Christian it seems that their marriage modifies their Christianity not other way around.
When some people say they are a gay Christian it seems that their being gay modifies their Christianity not other way around.
The only noun that we have as Christians is that I am in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Being in Christ shapes and defines us. Everything else is additional.
“In Christ” is the noun.
Everything else is an adjective