|Hope marches on in the midst of darkness|
The recent events over the past six months by the Christian Right seems to undermine pragmatic National Interests, the welfare of the people at the margins of society, and is anti-Government. It is not that they put God first, but their strong religious views cloud logical common sense, humanity and goodwill towards each other, and their strong sense of moral self righteousness denying others of God's Grace and Mercy. Even non Christians would not do what the conservative christians have done, because it is simply not right and indecent.
Consider, what the Christian Right has been busily stopping every attempt to improve the life of Americans and against laws to bring the nation to more justice and equality just because they don't like President Obama. It does look very dark indeed -
Standing up for ones beliefs becomes synonymous to bashing up Gays and limiting their rights, essentially redefining Christianity from God's Love and Grace in Christ Jesus, to the unnatural preoccupation of prejudice and hate of a very large majority against a small defenceless minority. And the only reason they can give is to blame it on God. When the "God" reason is used, who can say that one is wrong even though the action is cruel, immoral, illogical and against national interest. However, when this reason is used too often people will rightfully perceived Christianity very differently from biblical Christianity. This will undermine our faith.
The success by the Christian Right against Gays and the Political power they have gained over 20 years have certainly made them feel bullish of able to come against President Ob-ama especially since he is such a nice guy. He is too nice for the Christian Right who somehow only gain from the bible a warlike view with the picture of Christ in an armoured knight cutting down His enemies. That was precisely why when Jesus came, He first highlighted that He did not come to condemn, but to proclaim God's love, grace and salvation. Perhaps that is why the Catholics prohibit the Protestants from reading the bible, lest they misread it to cause harm instead of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ.
Yet in the midst of the deep darkness, there is hope arising of a new morning as Gays and their supporters marched upon Washington vary that Obama has kept little of the election promises that he made to gays. The 11 Oct 2009 National Equality March on Washington DC organised last minute mainly through the internet surprised many with up to 200,000 in attendance with the majority under 30, bringing new energy, determination and strenght to fight this new round for justice, freedom, and equality. They will no longer take "no" for an answer not be statisfied with the status quo nor having to wait for another decade for the basic rights that their straight counterparts have taken for granted. The marches didn't really do march, but showing up was all that matters.
As Gay Christians we have to fight the good fight for our own people, that the Christ in us may be revealed giving credibility to the Gospel message of God's love and salvation. I am reminded of the Rev Troy Perry who have spent 40 years in Christian Ministry with the Good News message to GLBT population, and is still going strong declaring "I am so glad you came". One day, let those who will come after us, declare, that they were so glad that we cared to make a difference in their lives. If we truly love each other, then we will be standing firm and resolute and marching for each others sake, for we are one body in Christ.
(John 13:35 NKJV) "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."