Rev. Jide Macaulay, a gay British-Nigerian LGBTQ rights activist and ordained cleric, has celebrated his second anniversary as an Anglican priest.
For many years, he faced trials, media attacks, emotional and psychological abuse, racism, and homophobia.
“Several years ago, while going through the wilderness of anxieties and facing many attacks, I described as spiritual darkness, religious abuse, and wickedness in high places,” he said. I developed chronic anxiety and depression, which resulted in high blood pressure.
“I had faced years of racism, xenophobia, malicious acts, homophobia, and stigmatization from the Christian communities in which I had placed my trust.” In my lamentation, I laid it all at the feet of Jesus.
“The attacks were not just by strangers calling for my execution; there were death threats offline, online, and in the media.” However, some Christians, Anglicans, and family members verbally, emotionally, and psychologically attacked me, doing everything they could to torment and destroy me.
“God is faithful in all of this.” I am grateful for the people who reminded me of my worth and validated my existence and ministry.
“Today is not about regrets, but it is a reminder that the stones that the builders proudly rejected have become the cornerstone.”
“Congratulations on your path to the priesthood, Jide.” “Happy two-year anniversary,” he wrote.
Remember that the reverend, who fled Nigeria to the United Kingdom after his church was repeatedly attacked for being pro-LGBT, has been at the forefront of championing the equal rights of LGBTIQ+ people and assisting them in reconciling their sexuality with their Christian faith through his faith-based organization, House of Rainbow, which he founded in Nigeria.
Last year, Macaulay was featured in the documentary ‘Am I Too Gay for God? His struggles with the Church’s teachings on homosexuality were revealed in the film. Furthermore, same-sex marriage has been legal in the United Kingdom since 2013, but it is a right that the Church of England does not recognize.