I love Susan Cotrell. From her blog today:
We hear it a lot… “You are twisting scripture so you can justify homosexuality.” I do think there is a lot of twisting scripture going on, but I believe they have it backwards. You must twist and ignore the Bible – and deny the overall message and truth of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit – to believe that being gay is a sin.
I would defintely have less patience than Susan when dealing with some of the people who write to her. “Jen,” the writer today, accuses Susan of talking about Christianity “…with absolutely no mention of the Bible or Christ Himself.” Hmmm, first red flag. Has Jen read any of the posts on Susan’s blog? Jen goes on then to accuse Susan of misappropriating the Bible while labeling herself a Christian; of molding God to fit her own preconceived ideas. Does anyone have a mirror for Jen?
Wait – no mirror needed. Susan takes care of it:
I would return your request back to you: don’t mold God into who you want Him to be to justify your beliefs and then pass this along to others who need to justify their beliefs about those they disagree with. The church reaction throughout history has been deadly: to women, children, Jews, slaves, varieties of ethnic groups, and the LGBTQ community. It is nothing like what we see in Jesus’ life and teachings. Remember that religious leaders viewed Jesus as disobedient to God! (Matt. 15 and Mark 7)
After a life-long embrace of a particular brand of Christianity, I find myself somewhat adrift, and have little appreciation for anyone or anything that smacks of hatred in the name of religion. I am greatful for people like Susan – they give me hope for the church.