— Guante, Homophobia in ‘Conscious’ Rap
I have never heard a homily that attempted to explain how a gay man should live, or how his sexuality should be expressed. I have heard nothing but a vast and endless and embarrassed silence, an awkward, unexpressed desire for the simple nonexistence of such people, for their absence from the moral and physical universe, for a word or a phrase, like “objective disorder,” that could simply abolish the problem they represented and the diverse humanity they symbolize. The teaching I inherited was a teaching that, in the best of all possible worlds, I simply would not exist. And it was hard to disobey this; since it was not an order, it was merely a wish.
If articulated, I suppose, the order was abstinence. Abstinence forever; abstinence always; abstinence not for the sake of something else, but for its own sake; abstinence not just from sex, but from love and love’s hope and the touch of a lover’s embrace. Abstinence even from recognition, acknowledgment, family."
— Love Undetectable by Andrew Sullivan (via thegayguyyouneverknewyouknew)
Christ calls his followers to radical lifestyles rooted in love. Jesus encouraged people to relate to each other through love rather than power. This seems relevant to both sexual relationships and political ones. Jesus’s ethics stand in sharp contrast to the values of corporate power and military might that dominate our world.
When speaking in Oxford yesterday, I was asked why the media report on Christians who are homophobic but rarely mention those who are not. The media cannot take all the blame for this. Pro-equality Christians have often failed to speak up out of a misplaced desire for unity. We have been too ready to accept crumbs from the anti-equality table, such as the Church of England’s feeble decision to allow gay people to become bishops – as long as they never have sex. I believe passionately that it is important to approach our opponents with love and to accept that we can learn from each other however much we disagree. But love involves a commitment to justice. There are times when we must choose between the idol of unity and the God of love."
— Symon Hill in The Guardian