WHEN WILL EVERYONE BE TRULY WELCOMED AND AFFIRMED
A man on his knees prays before a lit candle and crucifix, "Please, Lord, bring more people into your church!" Meanwhile, Jesus stands behind him with a large and diverse group of people, including LGBTQIA people, looking at his watch, waiting for him to finally realize it's totally up to us.
There is a fascinating verse in Matthew's gospel where Jesus says,
"I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
I think this means that if we choose to refuse people, reject people, not welcome them, not affirm them, discriminate against them, then that's the way it's going to be.
On the other hand, if we welcome people, affirm them, and give them total access with the same rights and privileges as everyone else, then that's the way it's going to be.
We can no longer blame it on a cruel and discriminatory god... a god that we have constructed out of our own opinions, biases, and prejudices.
Neither can we wait for this god to change his mind, because apparently he won't until we will.
It literally is up to us.
We have the authority to make this happen. The power is in our hands. We are responsible.
No more delay!