For The Record

Some days, finding a topic for my little corner of the web is maddening.  I sift through the blogs of writers I respect, I look for issues that piss me off, I do my best to pick a fight, all to no avail.  It can be so freakin’ frustrating!  Then, there’s the times like now.  I have about 4 or 5 ideas percolating, just waiting for the chance to jump onto the screen and into the fray.  The posts themselves are the same way.  As often as not, I’ll stop and start one several times, before finally walking away from it.  Bryan Allain, blogger cheerleader/mentor/kibitzer (?) says to never give up on a post.  Even if you can’t do anything with it now, save it; it might work later.  About a third of the posts on my dashboard are drafts that represent failed posts. And, just like ideas, there’s the flip side.  Some posts practically write themselves.  Today, I’m hoping for a little of both.  From the good side, that is.  The first part has been accomplished, my subject has been slapping me in the face all week.  For the second part, I have no idea what to say on this, so I’m just going to start writing and see where it goes. 

Like I said, this subject has been in my face all week, starting with this video:

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Then, I saw articles about what’s being called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill before the Tennessee legislature that would bar elementary and middle school teachers from even mentioning homosexuality in classes.  Two days ago, Tony Jones wrote about the Presbyterian Church (USA) trying a former minister for marrying a man in California even though it happened after he left the ministry.  Finally, when I looked at Twitter this morning, I saw that Brian Ammons, a gay, Baptist minister had written a chapter for a “Bapti-mergent” book.  Unfortunately, the publisher’s dropped it for being “too gay”.  Damn. 

So, what does all this mean?  For me, it means the Church continues to drop the ball on an issue that should be a no-brainer.  That is, we continue to exclude people who identify as LGBT from our fellowship on the basis of scripture that could be (and probably is) mistranslated/taken out of context/no longer applicable.  And, in doing so because we’re  sure that anything other than a monogamous, heterosexual relationship is a sin, when osctracize these people by not talking about them, putting them on trial, or worse, advocating their execution, we are denying the means of grace to sinners just like ourselves.  And, I’m pretty sure that’s not what Jesus had in mind.