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God Wants Wedding Bells to Ring for Gays

Wow. This downloadable paper on why gay marriage is part of God’s plan for more freedom and equality should light up the ChatteringMind boards.

It’s written by a young, Episcopal, black, gay lawyer named Otis Gaddis III who additionally serves as an assisting academic coordinator at the Institute for Progressive Christianity. Gaddis writes:

“…God is bringing into the present the future God has planned for us, a future in which there is no hierarchy and no outsider even to the point of humanity enjoying mystical communion, in social equality with God. This movement is the building of the Kingdom of God. That Kingdom of Equality by definition is opposed to the conservative project of maintaining the past and its hierarchies.


“Taking the witness of gay marriage seriously means realizing that the Holy God of Christianity is actually bringing God’s idealized future for humanity into the present, right now. Moreover, the advent of gay marriage in our social history is giving us a glimpse of the kind of relationship God wants with us, one of mystical communion in social equality, a relationship of love. God’s people are the people that are enacting in the present, as best they can, the vision of the Kingdom of God. Gay marriage is a sign to the world that God is again intervening to bring the Kingdom of God more and more into the present. For those who accept this sign, God presents a challenge: anyone who hears the voice of the Spirit in the explicit inclusion of gay couples into the concept of marriage is obligated to gather up the truth of this witness in their own lives whether they are gay or straight.”

There’s a whole lot more. Download the entire paper from this web page.

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Shanta Washington

posted March 12, 2007 at 1:44 pm

Yes, I am the wife of a youth Pastor and I would like to just ask an-open minded question. If it is true that God is for Gay marriages—why would he have destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah when lot tried to find just 5 people he could not. Furthermore the men of Sodom where Gay men–which is where the term Sodomite came into use referring to how they had sex with each other. Also if that is so why then in the 1st Chapter of Romans around the 18-21 verse it speceifically states that men gave up the natural use for a woman (parphrased) and women did likewise and this is an abomination? I am so confused can you please explain according to the Word of God my brother How God the true and living God revealed this to you because everything from my Old testement Bible to the new testement is leaning towards that it is wrong. Can you please I’m not trying to bash you I want to know where you are seeing in the Bible that this is ok and acceptable and remember to lie on the Holy Gohst is blasphemy and that is an unforgivable sin. Thank you SW

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Otis Gaddis III

posted March 12, 2007 at 5:17 pm

Dear Shanta Washington, I saw your comment here and I wanted to direct you to a footnote in the paper that addresses your concern. Footnote 8 contains a list of Christian scholarly work that explains what is actually going on in the passages you are citing. For example, most biblical scholars (even conservative ones) understand that the story of Sodom is not about gay people but rather about the value of hospitality. Furthermore, I would commend to you pages 5-10 of the paper which engages the underlying assumption of your comment, that is, how the scripture should be understood and interpreted in order for us to be faithful people to God. If you are serious about practicing your faith I challenge you to fully engage this paper. I challenge you because the real issue here is not simply the rightness of gay marriage but really our whole conception of what God wants to share with humanity, why Jesus came down here in the first place and where we are going when we die. How we think about gay marriage is tied up in how we think about those things: the things that really matter. The peace of God be always with you, Otis

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posted March 13, 2007 at 2:08 pm

I consider myself very liberal, but this is one issue I cannot get behind 100%. I’m all for equal rights, and churches granting any type of union they see fit. But it just seems like we need a different term for a gay union. The term marriage has always been meant to mean man and woman. When thet term changes, it changes for all. A new term *I don’t know what this would be), would solve this. It would not lessen a gay union, rather it would respect it. Then I see it would be like “Boy scouts” ot “Girl Scouts”, where each term describes the memebers, and both terms equally respectful. My 2 cents on the matter.

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