African American historians, womanists in particular, have long warned that "respectability" is an elite ideology that encourages the marginalized to conform to sociocultural standards and mannerisms defined only by those in power.
Somehow folks have turned human sexuality into the litmus test for faithful Christianity. Speaking as a pastor, Ken Wilson reminds us that our church conversations involve not abstract principles, but people.
I have recently been informed that I am being asked to leave my university teaching post of 15 years for "violating Christian values" as a Christian theology professor and ordained minister who identifies as transgender.
While I affirm the right of any Christian to boycott a product, show or the like, and even to explain why in the public square, I'm weary of the heavy-handed tendency of Christians to slap the "anti-Christian" label on anything they find objectionable.
The nation requires more tax revenue to address the nation's fiscal problems and, by doing this, we can advance toward the goal of guaranteeing that everyone has the property necessary to lead a meaningful human life.
In the New Testament, there is only one sin that gets the divine death penalty: hypocrisy. There is a reason. It's the devil's best tool against the Christian witness. And it's what so disappoints me about the Republican approach to faith and politics.
Individuals who return to integrity may find themselves forever stigmatized, set apart, and not welcomed back into relationship and community. Sometimes the harshest critics are themselves lacking integrity.