this weekend, in my neighborhood, is the gay pride parade.
literally thousands of people will gather in the streets to watch the floats go by, waving rainbow flags, laughing and smiling and screaming at the top of their lungs.
there will be some other folks there, too.
every year, a group of self-proclaimed ‘christians’ gather to demonstrate and protest against the pride parade. they shout slogans and use bullhorns and have signs that are the modern day equivalent to throwing the first stone. these are the caricatures of an unappealing type of christianity that have earned the church a reputation of being anti-gay, judgmental and hypocritical. they’re likely to be booed by the crowd, but the damage will be done – another example to the LGBT community that they are not welcome in our churches. that God doesn’t love them. that they’re not ‘good enough.’ that they are wrong.