In my view, contemporary Christianity has become a form of idolatry. More specifically, many African Americans seem to have an idolatrous relationship to the Bible: they worship the Bible versus worshiping God.
There is absolutely no excuse for this sort of statement. It's wrong. It's damaging. And it promotes the incredibly harmful attitudes that result in physical and spiritual violence.
Frankly, sex was terrifying to me. I mean who thought to put that there? Exchanging bodily fluids seemed gross and fraught with STD and HIV perils. People willingly have sex, which requires an enormous amount of vulnerability, and they don't run background checks on people?
Whether you believe one is to spell 'grey/gray' with an 'e' or 'a' or if it is okay or not okay for a Christian to be in a relationship that is gay... may we all rest assured that this is all a part of learning what it minds to love the Lord with all of our minds, heart and strength.
Deconstruct these debates and the motivation behind the opposition to both evolution and LGBT people in the Church is clear: fear. It is a fear of falling down the "slippery slope" which changes long-held positions "supported" by scripture.
I've been deeply moved by your passionate defense of the poor, your willingness to call unbridled capitalism what it is. But I have been far less moved by what you have been saying about women.
Ms. Owens was quite offended by Sunday's Grammy Awards and called it "a forthright assault on conservatives" which furthered "homosexual advancement" in American culture.
When you treat LGBTQ Catholics as "secular society" rather than as your brothers and sisters in Christ, you poison the sources of grace for them. For that matter, when you treat LGBTQ non-Catholics as a particular species of sinner rather than as images of God like yourself, you have broken the Great Commandment.
Men and women from many different faith backgrounds met to discuss and learn where sexual orientation and gender identity fall into the Kingdom of God. This was the 2014 Gay Christian Network Conference. The warmth of the people inside evaporated the brutal Chicago weather outside.
I would like to point out some features of Romans 1 that are often neglected. Before I introduce these details, I'll simply state my main point: Paul indeed disapproves of homoerotic activity, but for reasons few contemporary Christians would be willing to endorse.
I am one lucky woman, because I have the opportunity to speak openly and honestly with women about my favorite subject all day long--female sexuality....
For my family, they still live in ground zero of intolerance for the LGBT community and have the unique pressure of having a well known gay relative. When I came out, they came out.
Non-affirming Christians honestly, truly believe they are being loving by attempting to change our orientation, encourage celibacy, or ban us from their pews -- but to name their actions as anything but what they are would be to turn a blind eye to the epidemic of religious homophobia.
What if you're a gay, Catholic male, sitting in church with your siblings and elderly parents, wanting to pray and receive the sacrament with them?
To live as ourselves, to celebrate God's creativity and love in making us as we are, is NOT sin but FAITH. To call the creative and loving work of God "evil" is sin. To deny its full expression in Godly covenant within the community of the faithful (marriage equality) is sin.
While affirming churches are trying to get their message out, it is no longer being received by either the public or decision makers. Conservatives have made opposition to gays, in every form, the paragon of freedom of religion and speech.