Friday, September 23, 2005

We Love You...Just Not Your Parents

Last week, I had been chewing on Isaiah 58, which contrasts the outward go-through-the-motions religiousness versus the actual living out of our faith. One verse in particular (v.6) says, "Is this not the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?"

I've always known that there was a large sense of activism within the gay community but I never really acknowledged it before since they were on the "other" or "wrong" side. Last night, at one of the discussion groups at the GLBT Center, we were talking about how it feels to not have many of the same legal privileges that married straight couples have. For the first time, I realized just how much of a sense of justice that this community has. That sense of "This should not be!" is something I see in both the Christian and the Gay community. At least, you'd figure....

This morning, I found out about this article in the Washington Post that talked about a 14 year old girl who was expelled from her Christian high school here in Southern California because her parents are lesbians (in a committed relationship for the past 22 years). This is a school that is supposedly providing a Christian education to young teenagers. Nevermind the fact that these parents wanted a "Christian education" for their daughter. Nevermind the fact that this article says nothing about whether or not this student was gay or not. What does this kind of school policy communicate about Christ (or the Church) to these students?

"Love the sinner, hate the sin" . . . riiiiight!

5 comments:

JJ said...

Hey Eric,

I'm writing a blog about you. I read the "Scrubbing off Freckles" blog and was going to leave you a comment that would have been diplomatic, but would have basically said to 'lighten up'... but then I read this blog... and another article about the Vatican banning gay priests, and all I could think is "My God, what is wrong with the church?"... this 'Love the sinner, hate the sin' stuff is just crap!"

So... yeah, what is wrong with us (the church)?

Angel said...

:::Jaw drop::: How could they possibly justify expelling her?

Just so very wrong.

geek_boi said...

Unbelieveable.

So much for loving those "sinners"....

eddieO said...

can't you just feel the love?

hey eric, i had posted a similar comment over on my blog when the story came out too. i'd like to say that i'm surprised... but truth be known, i'm really not.

Eric said...

hey Eddie,

yeah, i know...i was with a group of people last friday night who are pretty hostile towards the Church and the story simply fueled their outrage to the Church - and by default, towards God.