Saturday, 8 May 2010
RESPONSE TO CRITICS: Jesus affirmed a gay couple.
Dearly Beloved Children of the living God,
I am not surprise at the responses from many of the contributors to my original note, I recognise the pattern of denial, to say that Jesus affirmed gay people, is too good to be true, but it is the gospel truth. For many Gay and Lesbian Christians will resonate in the words of Jesus and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. Also Roman 8:1, (no condemnation) Col 3:11 (no discrimination). Please read.
Many may speak from the comfort of their protective locations or even the darkness of the closet, but for many in Africa and the rest of the Global South these are life saving messages, the Inclusive Gospel.
I am sure you will appreciate the safety of being outside compared to the times you spend in Nigeria. We started the House of Rainbow Metropolitan Community church, focusing all our strength and trust on God and we still do, however, our lives were endangered by our honesty, openness and somewhat naive of the Nigerian politics. Our premise was vandalised beyond recognition and looted of every valuable items, there was an order to assasinate, massacre the gay Christians in cold blood. It was reported that our church was "an unacceptable brand of religion" I was circulated as wanted by the authorities for questioning, it was the grace of God that I was able to leave the country with the cloths on my back.
To include, affirmed and offer an alternative eyeview of the scriptures, the Bible or the Quran is a test of our efficiency to recognise the words from our perspective which have for centuries been distorted to the detriment of same gender loving people. John 20:30-31, Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe* that Jesus is the Messiah,* the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
People may choose to remain in denial, but it will be ungodly not to afford the liberation of the mind of those who finally got the message of inclusion and love of God, the ability to break from the bondages of religious oppression and discrimination.
Many people with hope for liberation suffered again and again, many people were fired from their jobs and evicted from their homes because they are homosexuals. Micah 6:8, what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
The biblical references of homosexuality signpost to destructive homosexual behaviours, even if we are to accept some of the analogies in the old testament. They certainly do not speak of homosexuality as many of us know today. No one judges the destructive heterosexual relationships we see everyday, they make good stories for ratings on Maury, Jerry Springer shows etc.
We are determined never to stop this heroic journey of faith to reconcile human sexuality and spirituality, moreso for LGBTI people.
The physical church as been transformed in to a cyber church for now, where no harm or fear can be real. You can find us on facebook, twitter, ning, yahoo messenger, webpage is www.houseofrainbow.org Call/sms +447507510357
It is only a matter of time before gays and lesbians become free and we continue to focus on the reward of our travailing in prayers and trust in God.
More love more power
Rev Jide Macaulay.