“I’ve let down my gay friends” Archbishop Williams (ex)

Posted: August 17, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Chapel of the Martyrs of Nepi in Katowice Pane...

Chapel of the Martyrs of Nepi in Katowice Panewniki (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Archbishop Williams has really changed his tune.

After spending years going on about how we are destroying the sanctity of marriage he has suddenly noticed what has really been going on behind the scenes. That his, and others in the Church of England who are up in the upper echelons of the Anglican Church have simply been “persecuting” gay people. He said that Christians had been made “mildly uncomfortable” and that this, was not in fact persecution.

I actually agree with him on this. But there may be another motivation for his changing of tune. As two gay millionaires who are busy preparing to sue the Church of England where they have attended for years to allow them to marry in church, perhaps money has something to do with this change….perhaps other clergy will follow, thinking about their pensions!

So what is persecution? Well, persecution is defined by dictionary.com (so it must be right?!)

per·se·cu·tion
 [pur-si-kyoo-shuhn] the act of persecuting.
2. the state of being persecuted.
3. a program or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate a people because
 of their religion, race, or beliefs: the persecutions of Christians by the Romans.

Hold on a second, isn’t this exactly what everyone from the religious to the scientific has been doing to LGBT people for years,  not for beliefs but for their state of being. The persecution of Christians by Romans for instance included throwing them to lions, using them as human candles.

So Christians who think they are being persecuted by LGBT people just wanting to live their lives in a dignified and honest way, guess what, you are not being persecuted, you are being made to feel mildly uncomfortable, which, perhaps is a good thing.

Before ofcourse, you come out with “oh the Bible says”, well the Bible says a lot of things Christians choose to ignore, for instance, Women should be silent in church, (New Testament), If a man marries a virgin and finds out she is not a virgin she shall be put to death, if you check the Bible it is all there, but I find in most churches women are far from silent. The truth is, some Christians have a pick and choose mentality which involves taking the verses they like and obeying them with gusto, whilst condemning others who are unable to keep the Law, which they do not keep themselves. (For instance, how many women have you seen massacred on their wedding day by Christians?).

What these people forget is that we are saved by Grace not by works, so no one can boast, that the laws are fulfilled by Christ, he described the whole of the Law and prophets summed up by, “Loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength” and “loving your neighbour as yourself”. The frightening thing about the Gospel, is that at is heart is the message that Christ has paid the price for our sin and made us right with God, setting us FREE from the law. But the truth is, most people cannot handle that freedom and quickly bind themselves up in chains again.

So the question, in fact, is not about, who is right or wrong, but if we as Christians are being loving to our neighbour who may be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender but constantly putting them down and saying they are not good enough to have a life partner.  That, is not Christian.

Here in the UK my friends we are not persecuted for our faith, we are mildly uncomfortable sometimes, LGBT people are however bullied to death here but it is rare, it is much more common in the USA and my dear friends in Uganda can tell you some horror stories no better than the regime of Hitler in the second world war.

Instead of constantly having a go at LGBT people, should not people of faith, supposed to be people of Love, be outlawing and protesting against oppression? Yes, especially in places like Russia and Uganda, where surviving every day is nearly impossible for gay people.

The truth is bigotry comes from the need to be right and it’s outworking is rarely nice.

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