Does God love Gay guys? Absolutely – including, and within, their sexuality
¨The Church has always taught that within marriage, sex is sacramental. So the book’s got a couple of communion times in it.
Last month the Episcopal Church approved same-sex marriage rites. It’s local option, so they won’t take place all over the country right at first, but in marriage equality states, local priests will be able to sign our civil licenses, the same as they do for Straight couples.
The Episcopal Church has given GLBT Christians everything we want: our own bishops and priests, marriage, non-discrimination, full respect. That’s great news.
Sure, it took a long time, about 40 years, but as God measures time, this was an eye-blink.
The message of the book is this: we’re free to come back to church now. The Episcopal Church Welcomes Us.
Episcopalians aren’t being trendy, they’re being faithful. God wants LGBTs in church, so Episcopalians have thrown the doors open.
There are other good, welcoming churches of all denominations, on every continent. Whatever church you grew up in or used to go to, you can probably find an accepting community.
I make a case that the Episcopal Church is ideal for Gay people because it’s both Protestant and Catholic, but also that no one should tell you how to think. Go where you’re comfortable; go where you find God in the church’s midst.
My biggest target audience is GLBT Christians raised in the faith, who left because of Pat Robertson and the Pope. Churches have been full of anti-Gay hatred for as long as most of us have been alive. I left too; I don’t blame you.
But times are changing, and churches are, too.
Find yourself a good faith community, test it and join it. It’s much easier to encounter God with other people around. Yes, you can worship on a mountaintop or in the woods, but let’s face it, you don’t do that very often. The community has a purpose: mutual teaching, mutual support.
And it welcomes people with no religious background at all. When we first meet Kent Kessler, his faith is as vague as can be. He doesn’t know much, he’s never examined the claims Christians make for Jesus, and his life is okay without asking about him. He goes to church because his family does, but he just never thought much about it.
I hope Gay guys can still listen when God calls.
But the book doesn’t preach, it tells a story: here’s what happened after these guys fell in love.
Genuine romance changes lives. So does real friendship. We’re never the same. We’re better off for knowing someone and trusting them with our inner selves, the way we really are.
I’ve loved several Gay guys, and they’ve loved me. So this is what I’ve learned from them; God is there inside our love.
Physically, spiritually, emotionally – in every way, God is right there.
I’ll end now with a final observation. Maybe you already know God loves you. I hope you do; it means you’re one of his.
But few of us perceive the height and depth and breadth of God’s love for us. It includes all the things about yourself you hate.
Gay guys have been taught to hate ourselves, and nearly all of us still do, deep down inside. The most homophobic people on the planet aren’t Christians, but Gay guys. “Religious people” have taught us how to do this, but we’re the ones who absorbed the lessons down to the core of our being, where our sexuality is located.
But The Gospel According to Gay Guys argues that Gay liberation began with Jesus Christ. There were these two guys living together, see…
You heard it here first. The idea isn’t original with me, but nobody tells the story like I do.
It takes a Gay guy to tell it; someone who isn’t academic, and whose job doesn’t depend on pleasing anyone else. Chances are your parish priest could tell it, but s/he doesn’t.
I’m the one who’s free to go for broke. So in this book, I do.
If that isn’t worth $6.99, go to the movies or buy yourself another drink. All I can do is tell you the truth; from here on it’s up to you.¨ Josh Thomas (bold emphasis added by Leonardo Ricardo)
You can download it here
· Thanks to Gay Spirit Diary, HERE
· Thanks to Josh Thomas
· Thanks to Peter Schröder Studio, Amsterdam
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