Trying to marry together my faith and my sexual orientation is always a tricky task, not because I see a problem but I am always trying to find common ground, there comes a point when there is no common ground, and this was encapsulated in a tweet I saw this morning:
It’s disgusting how bigotry suddenly becomes more acceptable when it comes from your sky daddy.
It seems to me a lot of the homophobia from the Anglican Mainstream and the Core Issues Trust come not from the love of God, but trying to pigeon-hole God in our concept of God, and neither side of the argument has a right to do that with God, just as no political party can claim to be ‘God’s Party’ – who would Jesus vote, no-one it’s not what God is about. Christians have to reconcile their beliefs in that Jesus – living manifestation of God in human form – never mentioned about being Gay – he mentions about everyone being broken, and mentions about reaching out to everybody and becoming whole.
A large swathe of the church, and I am talking about Anglicans, accept people without the need to label, just as God accepts them, but others seek to set conditions on becoming a Christian. If the Gay Marriage legislation becomes law then I have to say that Churches will have to accept that a Gay Marriage can take place in their place of worship. The Human Rights issues are complex, but I have come down on the side that if a Black person was denied a marriage in a church then it would be wrong, it would be discrimination – we cannot discriminate on who we discriminate against.
I accept the Church will have to exercise a huge amount of ‘grace’ and I will applaud that, I will celebrate the Church taking a step of faith.
God is not homophobic, but the ministries that are offering to ‘pray away the gay’ are being homophobic, how would society react if the ministry of change were directed at Jews? The church has to accept that it’s role is not to be the moral arbiter of society but lead the way, to exercise grace and love.
Too many high-profile, mainly American, preachers have fell foul of the gay issue, by falling foul of their sexuality, this repression of their sexuality is the affront to God, and psychologically damaging to the person, and the people in their lives. Studies have shown that repression of sexuality causes harm, and does not ‘glorify’ God in any way.
The Church really needs to engage with people who are the fringes of their experience, and calling them sick as Rev Lynda Rose suggests when she says gay people are welcome to her Church and would be treated as if they were a drunk.
What are your views, should churches be exempt from performing Gay Marriages, is God Homophobic ?