Mainstream Christianity is often criticized (appropriately, in my opinion) by the left for not being inclusive enough. Pastors of mega-churches regularly spout off hateful comments directed at women, queer people, Muslims — anybody who is too different. This is ironic to me, because I thought love and unconditional acceptance were basic precepts of Christianity and other major religions. And because religions so often get it wrong, it’s important to highlight when they get it right.
Minnesota state Rep. Steve Simon, who is Jewish, recently testified against a gay marriage ban in the state by asking, “How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God actually wants them around? … How many gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether the living of their lives the way they wish as long as they don’t harm others is a godly and holy and happy and glorious thing?” Good questions, Mr. Simon.
And yesterday, via Dan Savage, comes a video from Believe Out Loud that you just have to watch:
Sadly, Sojourners, which dubs itself the biggest publication for progressive Christians, has rejected showing this video on its website because it says it hasn’t taken a stance on gay marriage. The simple “Welcome — everyone” message is too controversial for them. Dan and others rightly ask what is up with that. But thank you to people of faith such as Steve Simon and the group at Believe Out Loud for being accepting of everyone — no exceptions.