Sexuality (or race or socio-economic status or gender or a system of
belief) is NOT a binary construct. We cannot label children of God and
put them in to one category or another, asking that one particular
group contort their lives and loves so that we can assimilate them
into our safe and rigid pre-conceived notions about what is Christian
and what is acceptable. This whole system of insiders and outsiders is
exactly what Christ came to disassemble.
reconciliation, bridge building and the realization that we can agree
to disagree and still function in a respectful community that embodies
God’s claim that all people, ALL people, are beautiful creations. We need religious leaders who refuse to cling with white knuckles to a
theology infiltrated with cultural stigmas and hate. A theology that
has inexcusibly trampled upon Jesus’s entire message of radical love. We need followers of Jesus, proclaimers of good news, to step up and
say, enough is enough! Jesus demanded justice. And we should too.
Jesus showed us and instructed us over and over again that everyone
means everyone. And not just once we’ve cleaned them up and made them
put on masks to fit precisely into our nice and defined boundaries.
Everyone means everyone. No ifs, ands or buts. When did we become so confused about what is institution, what is
cultural bias and what is, in fact, Christ? We, as a church and
society, have greatly limited and diminished the resurrection and
promise of the One who came to free us all. And that completely breaks
my heart. To each and every one of you who has ever felt the sting of prejudice,
oppression, injustice or hate: Don’t give up hope. You are a gift. You
are loved. God created you beautifully and marvelously. Don’t allow
supposed people of religion to define or confine your worth. You are
precious. In the words of Jesus….
Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s
nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for
God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands. “What’s
the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares
what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater
attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on
your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re
worth more than a million canaries. -Matthew 10:28-31 (MSG)