Matthew Clanahan; ISFJ; 25-year-old graduate student; Learning Support Specialist and adjunct instructor at Three Rivers College; Bachelor's of Science in Mass Media/Radio with a minor in math from Southeast Missouri State University; Apple enthusiast; total geek; coffee connoisseur; flannel lover, multiple-instrument musician; drummer for Berlin Airlift; caffeine addict; LGBT ally; Christ follower; ordinary radical

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During stable times, when the law reigns and lawbreakers are cast out and ostracized, it is through figures like the tax collector and the prostitute that the gospel of Jesus Christ comes clear to us. ‘The tax collectors and the prostitutes may go into the kingdom of heaven ahead of you’ (Matt. 21:31). In times that are out of joint, when lawlessness and wickedness arrogantly triumph, the gospel will instead demonstrate itself in the few remaining figures who are just, truthful, and humane. In other times it happened that the wicked found their way to Christ while the good stayed away. Our experience is that the good rediscover Christ while the wicked harden their hearts against him. Other times could preach that unless you have become a sinner like this tax collector and this prostitute, you cannot know and find Christ. We must rather say: unless you have become a righteous person like those who struggle and suffer for justice, truth, and humanity, you cannot know and find Christ. Both sentences are equally paradoxical and impossible as such. But they capture the situation. Christ belongs to the wicked and the good. Christ belongs to both only as sinners, which means as those who, in their wickedness and in their goodness, have fallen away from the origin. Christ calls them back to the origin…

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ethics, pp. 347-348

It is not scripture that creates hostility to homosexuality, but rather hostility to homosexuals that prompts some Christians to recite a few sentences from Paul and retain passages from an otherwise discarded Old Testament law code. In abolishing slavery and in ordaining women we’ve gone beyond biblical literalism. It’s time we did the same with gays and lesbians. The problem is not how to reconcile homosexuality with scriptural passages that condemn it, but rather how to reconcile the rejection and punishment of gays and lesbians with the love of Christ. It can’t be done. So instead of harping on what’s ‘natural,’ let’s talk of what’s ‘normal,’ what operates according to the norm. For Christians the norm is Christ’s love. If people can show the tenderness and constancy in caring that honors Christ’s love, what matters their sexual orientation? Shouldn’t a relationship be judged by its inner worth rather than by its outer appearance? When has a monopoly on durable life-warming love been held by legally wed heterosexuals?

 William Sloane Coffin (via gregstevens)