The Huffington Post (Cathleen Falsani) just reported on Jay Bakker talking about the inclusion of gay people into Evangelical Circles – see this link.
Here are some quotes from the article:
“The church has always been late,” Bakker told me in an interview this week. “We were late on slavery. We were late on civil rights. And now we’re late on this.”
Tony Jones, a “theologian-in-residence” at Minnesota’s Solomon’s Porch, one of the pre-eminent “Emergent” churches in the nation, echoes many of Bakker’s arguments. Peggy Campolo, wife of evangelist Tony Campolo, has been saying this kind of thing for years, despite her husband’s disagreement.
And while he stops short of explicitly saying “it’s not a sin” in his 2010 book, A New Kind of Christianity, Brian McLaren, godfather of the Emergent church movement, condemns a Christian preoccupation with homosexual issues as “fundasexuality.”
“We could really use someone like Rob Bell to step forward and say this, too,” Bakker said in the interview, referring to the 40-year-old pastor of the Michigan megachurch Mars Hill and author of bestselling books such as Velvet Elvis and Sex God.
I think I am seeing some movement within Evangelical Associations to move towards the inclusion of gay people, albeit these are mainly ‘outsiders’ (like myself) who hold very little sway with the mass sheeple within the Evangelical unions. But it’s a step forward nonetheless. And I am in full support of it – since gay people are humans like everyone else and should be treated fairly and equitably – isn’t that really the essence of the ‘golden rule’?