July 2, 2015
Today’s link comes from Mark Sandlin, author of The God Article blog on Patheos.
Sandlin offers a lighthearted (but pointed) assessment of the way some Christians trample over Christ with their misinterpretations of Scripture, especially when it comes to attacking the LGBTQ community.
He includes a lightening-quick historical review of past and present interpretive miscues and abuses, as well as a critical look at the patriarchal cultures from which the Bible emerged. But most importantly, he asks that Christians do better at following Jesus, instead of their own prejudices against homosexuality.
“…it is actually more of a choice to judge and marginalize people over being homosexual, or, bi-sexual, or queer; than it is a choice to behomosexual, or, bi-sexual, or queer. Yet we judge them and not ourselves.”
“The sin of Sodom was lacking hospitality, not being just, bullying, hating strangers, not caring for those marginalized. Funny, they are all things Churches (and individuals for that matter) sorely need to keep in mind and be better at practicing when it comes to how we do or do not welcome LGBTQ folk into our lives. After all, in today’s society, who is more marginalized, more bullied, more treated like a ‘stranger,’ than them?”