”Our Journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated equally under the law.” – President Obama, Jan 21, 2013 in his inaugural address.
“Fortunately, God sees you as equals whether the law does or not.” – The Apostle Paul (paraphrase)
The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.
For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you. – Galatians 3:24-29
I’m a pretty lucky guy. I have lots of people in my corner who love and support me. In fact, sometimes my corner gets a little crowded. I don’t say that to brag or to make anyone feel bad about their situation… I’m just saying that I recognize I’m pretty fortunate.
Among the folks who have loved me through my journey are lots of really solid straight people. Love ’em. I mean… when you come out, you know the gay world will rally around you, and that’s great. But when straight folks stand behind and beside you, it takes support to a whole new level.
Joe Hays has been one of these people for me. He’s a pastor who really lives the grace of God – a man whose support meant a lot to me during a tough time. Joe has guest written here before, and hopefully will again.
Until then, I’d like to share a post from Joe’s blog titled “Homosexuality and the Gentiles.” It’s a really provocative thought about why homosexuals should be both welcomed and affirmed in the church and by the Christian community at large. Basically, Joe says that if the first Christians (who still considered themselves a Jewish sect) didn’t require circumcision from the Gentiles to be welcomed and affirmed by the church, then why should the modern church require heterosexuality as a ticket in?
Ok… he says it better than that, so click here and read the post for yourself….
Ok – I know its been way, Way, WAY too long since I’ve posted, but my life has been bursting with change (and therefore the incredible amount of work and energy required to make change happen… right, Mr. Obama?).
Since I last posted, I…
- Finished a Master’s Degree
- Resigned my position at the non-profit where I worked with LGBT kids
- Was hired by a wonderful church in Nashville, TN that proudly serves and is served by the LGBT community
- Moved from New York City to Nashville, TN
- Bought a car (goodbye convenient public transportation!)
- Started aforementioned job and have been INCREDIBLY blessed by the people I work with (and around) in my new church.
So… cut me a break, eh?
As a welcome back present, I offer you the folowing… Patheos’ recent article “12 Steps to Becoming an LGBT Ally in 2013.” It includes the following encouragement that’s sage advice both for straight folks who support the LGBT community AND those of us who identify as LGBT…
Read A LOT about being LGBT.
Read books, blogs that are written by gay folks.
Read books and blogs by allies.
Read authentic voices sharing true stories.
And read your holy texts. Read for all the ways God is calling us into compassion and justice. If you are a Christian and are reading the Bible, go ahead and count the number of scriptural references to justice and compassion as compared to the number of times homosexuality (as understood in a particular, historical culture) is mentioned. And Christians who are called to follow in the footsteps of that rabbi who fed the multitudes without asking for a dime, healed the sick (on the sabbath) without asking for insurance and died a criminal’s death – please carefully read for what Jesus had to say about homosexuality.
Click here to read the entire article
Whew… it’s good to be back.