Posts tagged LGBT
Linguistic Distance and Speaking the Same Language

The inability to do this between the hard-right literalist and the liberationist theologians creates a dissonance in the language that starts small but echoes out into larger and larger rifts. Part of the reason Matthew Vines has found such success is that he can easily and quickly speak the evangelical language and can be trusted to understand and start from the same place as the evangelicals he’s discussing these issues with. There’s a level of authority there that I consciously gave up when I decided to declare myself a pro-choice, feminist, bisexual theologian. I can’t be trusted to be on the same page as the evangelicals anymore, despite us starting from the same book, from the same Scriptures, and from the same faith in a creator God who loves us.

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Sexual Identity is Not a Moral Position

It is not a moral solipsism that refuses criticism of my bisexuality, my selfhood. It is a fight for survival of that very self. My identity is not a moral position and as such, it is impossible to engage in criticism of that which cannot be placed on the table. Matthew would have me flay myself open for the poking and prodding of men who have nothing at stake in this debate besides a theological exercise.

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You Don't Get to Choose How I Feel

Just asking the question isn’t enough. You must demonstrate a willingness to listen, a trustworthiness that you might actually change, and an actual desire for knowledge. This is why I don’t buy that someone is just “taking a stand” and “not looking to offend.” Stands and stances and flags and words don’t happen in vacuums. They carry with them histories of oppression, a lifetime of burdens, and often threats to our very survival. That the privileged do not understand our pain does not erase the existence of that pain.

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If Your Church is Not of the Marginalized, You Are Not of the Church

But the church in America is distinctly separated from that Gospel truth, as demonstrated by Strachan’s fearmongering about “becoming” marginalized. In truth, if your church and your practice is not already marginalized, if you fear marginalization, if you just now fear the persecution of “those who disagree with you,” then, bluntly: you have not been doing God’s work. I don’t know what work you’ve been doing, but work that places you in a position of privilege, work that makes you comfortable and powerful in society is the opposite of the work to which Christ calls us. Work that relies on Christianity being a dominant religion and legislating to make others follows a specific, narrow form of it is, plainly, not of God and not of Christ.

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