But the more I’ve consumed content by artists like Lil Nas X, the more I realize the church and some of the puritanical standards I parroted end up creating a special kind of hell on earth for those on the receiving end of that condemnation.
My hope is that this work will become a resource and a way to respond, understanding very well that there’s still a whole lot more to unravel.
Logistical questions cannot be answered out of context. Instead, we need to address the mindset Christian leaders need to have when we are considering how our ministries can build a safe world for LGBTQ youth, and what implications that inclusion has for our congregations the wider world.
Theoretically at least, a verse from Leviticus had as much weight as a command from Jesus. This kind of Bible reading has dangerous consequences.
When the focus is shifted to “okay, but how does this affect us?” it misses the whole point of who it truly affects.
We are living, sentient beings, full of life and wonder, and the way we treat each other should go some way in to reflecting that wonder.