Question: Can a dead man be gay?

"Gay Graveyard" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
“Gay Graveyard” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

This cartoon was inspired by an unfortunate but true story about a pastor who cancelled a Julion Evans’ funeral because he was gay. Not the pastor. The dead man.

Mind-boggling. Actually, no it’s not. Nothing surprises me anymore.

I was a pastor for about 30 years and I buried all kinds of people. Right across the diverse spectrum of humanity. From all walks of life. From all lifestyles. From all orientations. Etcetera.

Never once did I put the survivors through an application process to see if the deceased qualified for a funeral and burial.

The only qualification for a funeral and burial is that you’re dead. And once you’re dead you’re just… dead.

And some Christians would argue that!

Earth to earth. Dust to dust. When it all boils down to the essentials, this is what it is. Simple as that.


6 Replies to “Question: Can a dead man be gay?”

  1. The problem is with the the conflicting themes within Christianity. On the one hand the bible says that Jesus said “Love your neighbor as yourself” but on the other hand the theology is all about segregating people after they die into the saved and the damned (as depicted in the comic). Some Christians pay more attention to the loving part; others pay more attention to the segregating part.

  2. it’s a hangover from the era when those who committed suicide were denied burial in consecrated ground…

  3. Sadly this happened to a friend of mine that I went to Bible College with. He was closeted, and died from AIDS. The church he served at for many years found out that he contracted HIV through unprotected gay sex. They absolutely refused to do his funeral. Yet, I wonder how many funerals they have done for adulterers, fornicators, liars, tax cheaters and so on?

  4. Religious clubhouses have rules and regulations that they feel they “need” to abide by at all costs.. Sometimes the costs are human beings. When someone starts a club, they have to have rules. And those rules more often than not are designed to exclude other human beings.

    “You don’t think like us or believe like us.. therefore you don’t belong.”

    Thus the industry of funeral homes was created. For people who don’t want to be excluded or judged.

    Funerals at the clubhouse are for the clubhouse members. At least that is what it looks like from my perspective.

  5. Christianity has really gotten very twisted. While Christians choose to live by a certain set of rules, that does not mean they should not be engaging in the larger world, even in parts of it where they have little chance of “saving” others.

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