In the wake of Jennifer Knapp announcing a new album and coming out, there has been much chatter on the blogosphere. On her facebook page, Christians are posting support, and of course the ‘clobber passages’, as if sharing how hell is in store for all ‘homosexuals’ is really an example of Jesus’ love, grace, and care. For those of you who know me, you know that i believe all of us, queer folks and straight folks, are created in God’s own image. Today, reading the attacks and condemnations, I wanted to say something eloquent and moving, something encouraging, to bring a gift that spoke hope. Instead I shared a simple blessing, and for once, signed my post ‘Reverend’. I wanted Jennifer, and any other Christians reading to know that Jesus is here for all of us, that there is a place at the table for me, for you, for each person. We don’t set the table, God does. And God turns none of us away.
As a Christian, I want to emulate student/poet Chris Tse, and say I’m sorry for all the things we as Christians have done to spread hate instead of love, for the times we cultivate violence instead of peace, death instead of life.