People keep wondering why I post about marriage equality. All sorts of accusations are hurled…fingers are pointed…they ask how can I as a Christian support same sex marriage? How can I as a Christian even entertain treating homosexuals equally?
Well it is true, I was once a bigot…but in my learning and growing as a Christian I found that we are all equal…as sinners…before God…and that we can all be saved, no matter what. Once I learned that one powerful lesson you then also learn that bigotry is pointless, hurtful, and I believe against all that Jesus taught us.
Dan Savage has pointed me to a video, it is long (1 hour), but well worth it:
Matthew Vines is a young gay man who grew up in Kansas. His family is Christian and very conservative. After coming out, Vines took two years off college to research and think deeply about what the bible says—and doesn’t say—about homosexuality. You could argue that what Vines has to say is irrelevant to non-Christians. But Vines’ argument and his insights are highly relevant to gay Christians, to their families, to Christians who point to the bible to justify their bigotry and the pain they inflict on LGBT people (including their own LGBT children), and to anyone who happens to live in a country that is majority Christian. Vines delivered these remarks at College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas, earlier this month. Watch this video: Vines is brilliant. He has a post up at Huffington Post that gives some context and background. Go read it.