The bottom line, though, is that a gay person coming out soon learns that, like all people, they have two kinds of friends: true friends, and faux-friends. A true friend of yours loves, and wants to be in relationship with, the person you really are. A faux-friend of yours loves, and wants to be in relationship with, the person they need you to be.

When push comes to shove, a true friend puts you, and your needs, ahead of themselves; but a faux-friend puts themselves, and their needs, ahead of you.

"The world is perfect. It’s a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it."

— Joseph Campbell

he advice columnist, normally quite critical of religion, tells us how a Catholic priest helped his mother come to terms with his homosexuality. (Video contains some strong language at the end)


But apparently, people such as these are not offending the right people. They are more likely to offend religious leaders than sinners.

Wait a minute, that sounds familiar… It reminds me of someone… Oh yeh…

Jesus.

Sinners seemed to love Jesus. Religious people seemed to hate him. Why? Because Jesus accepted people who the religious establishment claimed shouldn’t be accepted.

Which brings me to another point. When Jesus uses hell language in the bible he is talking to religious people, not “sinners”. For the “sinners”, he saves language such as, “neither do I condemn you” and “let’s share a meal together.” Was Jesus making the gospel palatable? Would religious leaders of today even like him?

"The clearest example is the repeated use of the word “tolerate.” Students would write that we must not persecute homosexuals, prostitutes, mental patients, and others, that we must be “tolerant” of them. But one tolerates only those that one considers less than equal, morally inferior, and weak; those equal to oneself, one accepts and respects; one does not merely allow them to exist, one does not “tolerate” them."

— “Sociology of Deviancy” - Liazos (via yesalltheposts)

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http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1219608346345310021#

A very moving sermon by minister Mel White delivered with great passion.  One line I particularly liked was “Jesus was a person of color.”

drhackenbush:

How Can I Be Sure That God Loves Me, Too?

This was sent to me about 5 years ago by a kind intern from a church I used to attend. I would like to share this for all the LGB & Trans people who follow my blog who may also be christian.Mel White is an amazing person. Look him up you could check out his books also.

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As groovy as it gets.