“My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.” 1 John 4:7-10, The Message (MSG)
At a protest against an inclusive Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, a group of extremely conservative clergy gathered to protest the amendment of this Act. It was an honor to be standing at the Capitol as a supportive voice. By the time I was interviewed I was furious (but cool with righteous indignation). I began my remarks by saying “One Black clergy person (when the phrase is used ‘we the Black Pastors’) is not speaking for all Black pastors. Further, the protesters’ ancestors used similar tactics to justify slavery, domestic violence (wives submit to your husbands), Jim Crow, etc. This is a civil right and not a theological issue, and God, contrary to what we heard today, is about love, light, and life. As usual, I was the only Black clergy person there who spoke in support of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. That is not to brag by any stretch of the imagination. It is actually embarrassing, painful, and an affront to ally’s when members of the Black GLBTQ community accept the violence of living a lie and in the closet because they fear their own truth and God’s truth in creating them more than they affirm God’s love for them as God created them. In my not-so-humble opinion, to continue to believe that one is an abomination in need of deliverance from their sexual sins and gender identity is the real abomination. And to have Black clergy to join the chorus of opponents to equal rights as civil rights (the system is always able find one or two Black opponents) is most disturbing. As I remind those willing to listen and hear, love is not about sex, sexuality, and with whom you have sex. Love is about intimacy and who are our Biblical examples (for those who want to make this a theological issue)? David and Jonathan, Naomi and Ruth, and Jesus and John the Beloved. Intimacy is what God is asking of all of us – draw close to Me and I will draw close to you…. This is the bottom line message: If we are going to proof-text, i.e. lift scripture out of context to support our position, proof-text the affirming scriptures; particularly 1 John 4: 7-10 where we learn that ‘love is God and God is love.’
Please pray for American and Coalition soul’s killed-in-action,
their families and, especially their children.