Response to Rick Warren

Response to Rick Warren

I don’t think God is mean.  I think some people who call themselves Christian are mean.  I don’t think God is hateful.  I think many people who call themselves Christian are hateful.  And it is interesting to note that many of Rick Warren’s moral “allies” would consider Rick Warren “immoral” and the God he worships anything but the God of the Bible.  The great Christian unifier appears to be — sadly — anti-LGTB sentiment.

Time for an update…

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

It’s been too long since I last posted.  It is going on two years since I came out and so much has happened.  There has been so much progress, and yet there is still a long way to go.  I think I’ve realized that I’m not as “out” as I thought I was.  Honestly, I’m not even sure I understand what that means.

I think what led me to come out is the thing that is going to take me to the next part of this journey.  I guess this is the next “twist”.  Coming out was an act of becoming whole for me.  It was a necessary step of honesty with myself and those I love.  While much of that has been done, I still live in the shadows with many of my family and friends.  Not in the shadow of being closeted, but in the shadow of still worrying about what they think… how they will react.

I’m not sure how to put this in a concise post.  It will probably come in several posts over the next week.  It is time for the next steps in this thousand mile journey.

 

soultwist:

Amazing and insightful! Thanks for the post!!

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I woke up on Wednesday to several of my Facebook friends vocally celebrating “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” and it made me furious. So, I decided I was going to be as vocal about my condemnation of the actions of these Christians as these Christians seemed to be about the actions (and beings) of LGBT people.

I don’t really want to spend any more time talking about why I don’t like Chick-fil-A Day. If you want to know my opinion, just check out my Twitter feed or Facebook page.

What I do want to talk about is one reaction I’ve gotten over and over and over again from Christians. Let me paraphrase:

“It’s a sin to act on homosexual desires, but just because I’m not afraid to admit that doesn’t mean I hate homosexuals. I sin too. I’m not perfect, so I have grace. However, it’s not loving to let people continue…

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I completely missed this comment from Bryant Wright

Faith in America asks for apology from Southern Baptist head

Posted on May 3, 2012 by admin

SBC president compares gay affirming Americans to Nazis

Faith in America is calling upon Bryant Wright, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, to apologize for incendiary speech that compared affirmation of gay and lesbian people to Nazi propaganda during World War II.

“It is really inconceivable that a person of such prominence within one of America’s largest Christian denominations could utter such a comparison,” said Brent Childers, executive director of Faith in America. “It is beyond shameful and it makes a mockery of the faith he professes.”

In a Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 sermon entitled “When Homosexual Behavior is a Big Issue”, Wright stated that anyone who believes same-sex sexual orientation is God-given or that sexual orientation can’t be changed is believing a “lie of the devil” that has been repeated so much that now a majority of the public believes it – saying that was a lesson learned from Nazi Germany.

In his sermon, Wright said it makes him “really shudder” at the thought of faith leaders who affirm the dignity of gay and lesbian people, saying they are teaching “what God says is evil is really good.” In addition, he makes the following statements:

“When man all of a sudden decides what God says is sin or evil is really good, that is blasphemous behavior. That is calling God a liar.”

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