Martin Luther King Jr. led hundreds of Black people and their allies across three bridges in 1965. Their marches formed one
Martin Luther King Jr. led hundreds of Black people and their allies across three bridges in 1965. Their marches formed one repeating statement of unity and fervor in a cultural climate that undoubtedly practiced racial discrimination and violent prejudice.
I've been reading the Gospels the past two weeks. I haven't read straight through in quite a while. And this time, I studied closely, every single thing Jesus said about homosexuality. What I found was astonishing.
For years I supported your party and platform. I voted in every election possible and sought out the most conservative candidates who upheld my God-fearing beliefs. But there was a problem. I was gay.
Still, not everyone is pleased with the new terms.
If I could go back and talk to that elderly man who attended my class, I would tell him that, even though I didn't understand him at the time, he mattered. His life was valuable to me because it was valuable to God.
I truly understand how "hating sin" feels like it could produce religious stability or moral certitude. It's imperative, however, that we acknowledge that the hatred of mankind -- our hatred -- is causing death, not life. It's producing separateness, not communion.
The true effects of homophobia don't exist on the external surface where crime is committed. They rest in the fabric of the human soul who has been taught that they aren't as good, intrinsically, as their heterosexual neighbor.
I still have many friends, relatives, and neighbors who attend my church. I know many members who are leaving. I know others
Honestly, it was hard for me to read this book. Even as an avid reader, it was hard to stick with it; however, it wasn't hard for the reasons readers might assume. Some might jump to assume that it wasn't well-researched, or well-written, or both. Some might even assume that it wasn't catchy enough to compete with our social media saturated culture.