In the interview, Smith talked about not so much coming to terms with being gay but rather growing into it. He did not meet a Jesus who met people where they were, loved them, and then led them on a path of following him, which did indeed demand conversion and sacrifice, but sacrifice with him, out of love, patiently, with grace and in community. He came out when he was quite young, was lovingly accepted by his family, and it seems that he was able to get along in school fairly well. The Thrill of It All Throughout , Smith released footage of himself in the studio working on new music, leading up to the release of his second studio album. God is not one who is the source of life, fulfillment, and love in his life. My biggest aim in my life is to just be a kind, good person. Celebrity tabloid media reports have stated Smith is dating actor Brandon Flynn. God is one who looks down in judgement on his romantically loving other men. His new album is musically outstanding, but what really caught my attention were several songs with explicitly religious themes related to his sexuality. In his acceptance speech for winning Best Original Song Smith made the erroneous call that he was proud to be the "first openly gay Oscar winner". Since then, his road and relationship with his sexuality have been a series of public fumbles, most notably at the Oscars where the year-old made a series of awkward flubs. And even more, how is Christ present in them, in their expressions of love, in their suffering, and in their gifts? How can we as a Church be a place of welcome and refuge for them, and what kind of vision of life and love can we offer?