On my way to the office this morning I passed a couple taking some pictures in front of new sign posted on a busy intersection. I was a bit nervous for the couple, Brooklyn traffic still makes my stomach sink every morning, and wanted to see what was on the sign they were standing in front of. As I passed the couple and looked back I saw that the sign was a big rainbow flag stating “Brooklyn Celebrates Pride.”

As a white heterosexual male I have to admit that I didn’t realize it was that time of the year. Usually I’m made aware that it’s Pride season when all my Conservative Christian friends post pictures equating New York Cities Pride Parade with the on goings of Sodom and Gomorrah. The New York parade hasn’t occurred yet so the fact that Pride is being celebrated by millions wasn’t in my consciousness.

As I continued driving I started to think about the couple. I couldn’t help but think about their lives, their story, and the struggles they faced. In my heart I know it can’t be easy for our gay brothers and sisters to live a life completely free of worry, care, and judgment. I always wonder and marvel at the strength it must take to live in a society where some question their humanity, love, and sadly in most churches, their faith.

I write about issues of Social Justice because I’m a “Jesus person.” I’ve been a Jesus person all of my life. It’s really all that I’ve ever known. Its what defines who I am and why I live my life the way I do. Jesus has kept a tight grip on my heart since I was a little boy and he has never let go.

I say all this because in a week filled with news of suicide, nuclear war, and dictatorship, I sometimes wonder if the cares of this world take my eyes off of Christ. I’ve been wrestling in my head with those arguments that claim homosexuality is a choice, a manifestation of sin, deplorable, etc. I’ve been wrestling with the reality that we all fall short of God’s expectations and desperately need mercy.

I’m not a theologian, biblical scholar, or Christian philosopher. I’m a simple person that feels Jesus has called us all to live out what Scripture says in Ephesians 4:1 “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” I want to spread humility, love, and compassion in the same manner is was shown to me through the life of Jesus.

I know that Pride began when Gay men and woman began to fight back against brutal police oppression at the Stone Wall Inn in 1969. I know that day was the beginning of a people awakening to express their humanity. I pray that as a follower of Christ I stand always with the oppressed. I want to stand with “the least of these” even when doing so might raise the eyebrows of “good church folk.” I want to stand for grace and salvation because that is what Jesus gave to me. If I’m wrong than it will be only because I’m a fool for Christ and the hope he inspires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Was there Room for Jesus at the Stone Wall Inn?

      1. You’re welcome. I’ve had too many friends who died thinking that Jesus had abandoned them even though He never had. (Actually even just one is too many, you know?) Please keep speaking up about Christian social justice. So many people still need to hear your voice.

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      2. Thank you so much. I most certainly will. Professor Cornel West always says that being a Christian means “you are a slave to hope.” This hope guides me each and every day. I believe thinking, which leads people such as your friend to feel alone and as if God has bonded them, will become a thing of the past. Again, it means the world to me that you read and were moved to comment. Thank you!

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  1. This was very powerful and well written David. Standing for the oppressed because grace and salvation are what Jesus gave to us. Wonderful message and thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank yo so much for taking the time to read and comment. It mean the world to me. I feel so convicted that growing up i thought it was “wrong to be gay” and would tell myself the hollow statement “hate the sin and love the sinner.” I truly believe Christ is moving on younger evangelicals to reach out to everyone that has been hurt by our bad theology. Again, thank yo so much for taking the time to read.

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