Monday, April 2, 2012

Matthew Vines

I ran across a video from Matthew Vines on several different sites last week and I listened to the full 1.07 hour video. If you are a Christian and you care about what the Bible has to say about homosexuality, I encourage you to take the time to view the entire video... which I have posted below. (I haven't figured out how to embed it into this post).

Matthew’s column in the Huffington Post is also worth a read. He says, in part:

"I love God. I also happen to be gay. In a better world, this would be no more interesting or noteworthy to people than loving God and happening to love, say, cheesecake. But of course, we all know that that isn't the world we live in. And for some reason, a lot of people have a big problem with anyone who believes in God and is gay. As someone who grew up in a conservative Christian church in Kansas, I am all too aware of the problem of religious homophobia.
So when reality won out during my sophomore year of college and I finally had to admit to myself that I was gay, I was both relieved and crushed -- relieved because everything that hadn't made sense about my life finally did, and because love no longer seemed like an impossibility for me, but crushed because of the likelihood that I would be rejected and lose the community I had always called home."

Matthew’s comments are really thoughtful and sincere. I’m not sure I yet agree with him on his Romans 1:26-27 interpretation, but basically his views and interpretations are really well thought out and articulated with gentleness and respect. The video is an ideal link to share with parents and friends of LGBTQ Christians who are dealing with the intersection of the Christian faith and the LGBTQ community... or with people who are willing to explore what the Bible actually says about homosexuality.

Further background can be found on Kathy Baldock’s Canyonwalker Connections website. In her post she said,

“You cannot help but hear the scholarship with which he addresses the subject. Matthew not only educates the listener, he does so in a humble tone that will subtly cross even the most firmly constructed boundaries. His presentation is an excellent tool for the millions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians that have left the faith or are hiding out. To many, the task of “proving” God loves them seems so daunting.”

Please, if you care at all about the intersection of Christian faith and loving the LGBTQ community, spend the time to watch this video. It will be time well spent.

Blessings, Kate.

1 comment:

  1. Matthew Vines does indeed appear to be a nice guy, and you cant help but have your heart go out to him. I do hope he finds peace. But at the same time, we are just adding to confusion if we promote his view of the Bible as one of "scholarship", as Kathy does. The reality is that there are many flaws in Matthew's interpretation of the Bible. These are detailed here:


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