April 22, 2014
Matthew Vines’ first book, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships, is being released today.
In the book Vines addresses the biblical prohibitions cited by conservative Christians who oppose LGBT equality and inclusion.
Some conservative Christians are already calling for retaliation against Random House imprint Convergent Books (publisher of God and the Gay Christian) and another Random House Christian imprint, WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. (Michael L. Brown here and Matt Barber here.)
It used to be that conservative evangelicals just had to focus on keeping the gay people away. We all know that many conservative evangelical Christians do not allow LGBT people to attend their churches, or teach in their schools, or even be lovingly supported in their own families.
But it seems to be getting a little more involved than that.
Apparently conservative evangelical Christians now are being called on to retaliate against straight Christians who allow LGBT people to work for them (World Vision), or, in this case, who allow publication of a book by a gay author.
Luckily the rest of us don’t have to worry about quite so many rules. We just have to remember these two:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)
posted by Marg Herder and Casey O’Leary