Who is God with Ty Scott King and an honest conversation about LGBTQIA+ and the church.
Author, poet, and singer Ty Scott King joins Da Fixx for a candid conversation about faith, who God is and the lessons marriage has taught her.
Growing up in a Catholic church King admits, early on she experienced a lack of faith, “I didn’t know who God was. Didn’t understand the work he wanted to do in my life. Or just how he wanted to be with me.” She had always written poetry and knew it was a gift but wasn’t aware that it would be the way God would end up using her.
After college King moved to California and ended up staying with a childhood friend whom she admits to running the streets with. She immediately recognized that something was different and even though she wasn’t there yet, King decided to go to church with her roommate. “I heard the gospel like I’d never heard it before! And accepted the call…Thankfully I lived with Christians…[They] taught me a lot about the faith, how to seek God for myself and to read the word.”
When asked how her view of God changed over the course of two decades, King says, “I didn’t know him as my provider. I figured okay, I got a job. I moved out when I was 17, and went to college. I’ve lived on my own for years and years. I was like I provide for myself. I didn’t know that God was really providing. That he was the source.”
After working through her trauma King has learned over the course of 20 years that Jesus is the peace. Today, King knows God as her friend. “He’s always present. And he’s willing to listen to all the crazy, outlandish things that go on up in here [mind] that nobody can hear. And still, be like I got you, girl, I got you, child.”
King remains humble and grateful for the people in her life who poured into her over the years. “Having those relationships have offered me the opportunity to have these private bible study. Me and my husband and these pastors.” And they taught King how to break down the word.
Coming up on her 10-year anniversary with her husband, King says that marriage has taught her a lot about herself. “My husband is very laidback. I’m a scheduler and a planner. I’m like okay God what do you want me to be doing 20 years from now? He’s like we can do all that, but remember we still need to live in this moment…It’s been a good balance for me and a good reminder to cast our cares away.”
King, who’d been writing poetry since she was 8 years old, was part of a three-person group called Platinum Souls, where she joined a rapper and singer and did the poetry. She doesn’t go into detail, but a year later, it was just her and one other, and King felt like she needed to fill in the gap. “So, I started rapping. And so, 20 years later, the poetry, the hip hop, and going back to something that I grew up doing which is singing.”
“To see what God has done since 2009, I’m just amazed,” King says of all the things she’s been blessed to be able to do including ministering at TD Jakes’ Potters House, being a part of a music project that charted on Billboard and traveling the world. “I’m just grateful for all the doors he [God] continues to open.”
LGBTQIA+ what does it mean? And how did we get here?
The acronym which actually stands lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, and asexual, is used to describe how a person experiences gender, sexuality, and physiological sex characteristics. In layman’s terms, it’s not just whom you’re attracted to sexually, but also who/what you self-identify with. Him, her, they. In all honesty, it can be quite confusing. But as Dice explains, “You can’t put everybody in the same box…this is a deeply rooted issue.”
As the debate continues on where the church stands on this particular issue, Dice maintains that the underlying issue with the exception of intersex which is a person born with both male and female genitalia is the impact of sexual abuse on the psyche, “Because we [the church] didn’t address it! People who were getting molested! We still don’t. You are affecting people’s lives forever, not just in your moment of sin.”
“That’s all everybody wants is to feel love. Who is going to love me after I’ve been molested or raped?” People also want to feel accepted. So, when we find others who have been through the same thing and we relate to each other, we gravitate towards that. It’s human nature really and it transcends beyond the boundaries of sexuality, gender, and race. It comes down to a sense of belonging. “Half of the LGBTQIA+ community could stand to go to counseling and really work out why am I like this. And if it’s based on trauma, I need some help.” Dice explains.
Regardless of your sexual identity when you give your life to Christ there is an expectation of change. We have to be honest with ourselves and be willing to deconstruct and find out why we are the way we are. And we are all sinners. We all have something we are struggling with and need to give to God.
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