Monday, April 16, 2007

Telling God to sit at the back of the bus
Or the secular world, in this case some rich, ‘entitled’ hipsters, once again tries to tell Christians what to do: ‘Hey, how about a gay black church? I mean, God and all that are so much fun to have around, because they, like, make people feel good. As long as he knows his place. Spirituality not religion. I call the shots.’

Not like at those ‘uptight’ real black churches like the beautiful red-brick Gothic Seventh-Day Adventist chapel across the street from my house or the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), a Pentecostal denomination with lots of churches in ‘Fluffya’. (The COGIC bishop, who sometimes dresses like an Anglican one in choir habit, rochet, chimere, scarf and all, is sound as a pound on the beliefs taught in the creeds and as against Mr Bush and his minders’ war as I am.)
Some believers proclaim that in Leviticus 18:22 God condemns all gay people to hell. The scripture reads: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
That’s a theology I’ve never heard from any Catholic, Ms Gregory. The scripture is right but nobody on earth knows who is going to hell and indeed one can hope there are no people there. One has to believe in the terrifying possibility though. Some acts (mortal sin as we say — Roman Catholic moral theology is the gold standard), like murder, risk it but any Christians with a rudimentary education, like I imagine you can get from COGIC, can tell you that in the end we commend all to the infinite love and mercy of God. (It seems you didn’t bother to ask them.)

Might the really loving thing to do be the spiritual work of mercy of instructing the ignorant that unnatural, unhygienic practices spread deadly diseases so it’s best not to do them... rather than enabling and approving this risky behaviour? Responsibility for one’s actions: that’s maturity and entirely Christian no matter the melanin content of one’s skin or the preaching and ‘praise’ style of one’s culture.

If it’s not a public health hazard one’s sex life is none of the state’s business.

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