A statement replying to the Church of the Nazarene’s statement.
“You can be gay and Christian. You can be married, gay, and Christian. Human sexuality is not a choice. Any statement you make otherwise is dehumanizing and promotes division. Remaining silent when your churches and your people make similar statements is just as bad.
Church, when you take several months to mention the names of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and the countless others slain by police brutality, yet have a statement ready to go within hours about marriage equality, you have made an idol of this issue.
Your statements are wolves in sheep’s clothing. You say “love wins” yet you will not let us lead worship, usher, teach Sunday School, or even greet. How can that be love if you still view us as the lesser?
Gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people are children of God, just like straight people are. Church, your stubbornness and unwillingness to admit faults has created a wedge between you and your LGBT+ and Ally members. Even still, we are called to forgive you for the transgressions you have done to us. Just as we ask you to forgive us for the faults you see in us during these discussions.
We look forward to the day that we will all be reconciled unto one another and to Christ. For we all come to the same Table, which is not ours but Christ’s. Gay or Straight, Trans or Cis, we are all partaking in the same communion.
Peace be with you.”