Christian orthodoxy is a broad umbrella, but there is no room therein for hatred, diminishment, or rejection of lesbian, gay, trans, bi, queer, asexual, or other people whose lives and bodies are neither cis-gendered nor heterosexual, but are definitely “fearfully and wonderfully made” in the image of a Divine Self who is most certainly more than we can imagine.
Additionally, it can only be a false and self-serving religion that would release a statement of such unimaginative and narrow theological falsehood in a time when voices are shouting choruses of white supremacist hatred, anti-Semitic drivel, and narrow, nationalist notions.
Houston is under water, China and Macau recovering from a typhoon, Venezuelans are starving to death, Syria is reduced to rubble, and all the side-eye is on Pyongyang and Washington, D.C. Christians have no shortage of opportunities to speak and act in love, toward the clear Divine goals of community, hope, inclusion, and resurrection.
Instead, the signers of the “Nashville Statement” have chosen to speak a word of hatred and death to people who already face increased statistics in that area. This is not Christian. This is not prophetic. It is patriarchal and white supremacist self-gratification, done because it makes those who do it feel good, but it bears no recognizable fruit. The consequences of this will be borne by those who can least handle another blow.
There is no place for that kind of hate in our Facebook group or in any situation that happens under the auspices of RevGalBlogPals. Our position is clear. We stand with our LGBTQIA+ siblings, as with our siblings of all races.
The “Nashville Statement” is to be grouped with all the forces that oppose God and wholeheartedly renounced.
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