today marks the first blog post of 2013 at the WayWard follower (thanks for the break!), and also the first post of a series surrounding conversations i’ve had in recent years with churches and church leaders regarding their relationship and reputation within the LGBT community.
i’m taking a break from posting throughout the remainder of this holiday season – rather than scrambling to find time to post while attempting to find time with family and friends during this season, i’ve determined to take a break and be content in wishing my readers a merry christmas.
i’ll resume my regular posting schedule after the first of the year.
enjoy the rest of your holiday season – and i look forward to engaging with you in the new year! thanks for a great 2012.
if you’re reading this (which you clearly are), then the mayans got it wrong (or more accurately – as is sometimes the case with ancient documents and cultures – we’ve got our interpretation of the mayan calendar wrong).
alas, the world hasn’t ended. or has it?
yesterday, the huffington post reported that newt gingrich – who once compared same-sex marriage to ‘paganism‘ – declared the battle against gay marriage as pretty much over, giving an option of an acceptable reality to the approval of marriage equality, essentially calling it ‘inevitable.’
yesterday a friend posted an article on faceboook that’s worth sharing – here’s an excerpt ::
It would take me months and months, and millions of words to adequately illustrate the lack of sensitivity, the perverting of Scripture, and the overall ignorance Huckabee and Dobson and others like them exhibit, when using something like the senseless disaster in Newtown to somehow give ammo to their agenda and credence to their cause.
For now, let me just say; to every victim, every grieving family member, every frightened classmate, every terrified parent, every [scared] first-responder, and every questioning, hurting, hopeless person across this nation seeking from religious leaders; healing, and finding only contempt…
the following post is an email response i wrote recently to a pastor friend who’s learning to navigate living in the tension of a life committed to loving like jesus. he shared several painful stories from his friends whom have been hurt by the church. this was my response ::
this is not how it’s supposed to be.
yesterday at churches across the nation, pastors grappled with how to address the tragic events at sandy hook with their congregations.
the entire country was captivated by the horrific news on friday in which a lone gunman shot his own mother four times in the head before subsequently entering sandy hook elementary school, killing 26 people – 20 of whom were children, ages 6 and 7.
the question on everyone’s mind ::
how could God let this happen?
this week a popular christian magazine picked up on the recently released annual hate crime statistics report for 2011 from the FBI, noting that for the first time, hate crimes against gays outnumber those against religion.
incidents of religious bias previously outnumbered incidents of sexual orientation bias – but not any longer. hate crimes against the LGBT community have taken the #2 spot on the bureau’s list, with nearly 21% of over 7,240 incidents motivated by sexual-orientation bias.
hate crimes against our LGBT brothers and sisters are on the rise.
i sometimes get a little bent out of shape.
injustices against humanity. bad theology perpetuated in the name of christ.
apathy toward either of those.
it’s tempting to get caught up in unhelpful and emotional responses – declaring others as ‘missing it’ or being ‘wrong’ without providing a more hopeful way forward.
yet occasionally, i’m reminded of deeper, more foundational truths that resonate in and soothe my soul, bearing witness to the Divine. in these moments, i find myself swept up in celebration and hope of the lovingkindness of YHVH – his hesed.
God’s heart is bent toward us.
last night, sensational hip hop artist macklemore played his hit song ‘thrift shop’ on jimmy fallon. it’s a pretty entertaining music video, too. macklemore shocked the nation when his debut solo album, The Heist, reached number 1 on iTunes within hours of its release october 9 with no mainstream promotion or support, and landed at number 2 (only behind mumford & sons) on the billboard charts. ‘thrift shop’ is a fun, playful tune – as are many of the hits from the artist described as creating ‘Christian hip hop – only without all the religion.’
still, ‘thrift shop’ and other hits are less likely to ruffle feathers as his second-most popular iTunes hit supporting marriage equality entitled, ‘same love.‘