Christianity isn't important; society will move towards accepting gays et al with or without them. They'll join in eventually, if only not to be left behind. There's no reason we can't get on on an individual basis. He's not a bad person; in fact I've told him he's a role model for how Christians should conduct themselves. I don't want to be a messiah, showing the way. I've trod that path before and despaired at how little I achieved. But I'm full of something so wonderful, so achingly beautiful that I can't keep it to myself.
I refuse to live my life in fear. I refuse to live anything less than a perfect life. The choice is easy; it's putting it into practice day to day that is the challenge.