Something is in the air. Winds of change – a phrase that has so much meaning and makes me excited all the way to my core. Things are changing and it’s not just within the church.
With anything relating to the gay community being such a hot topic and states left and right standing for marriage equality, it’s inspiring to see the Church make their stance on the issue. Churches are drawing their lines in the sand and lately a surprising number of poignant Christian defenders of the faith are taking the nontraditional approach to stand with the gay community in various ways, shapes and forms.
Rob Bell, controversial pastor of Mars Hill in Grand Rapids, MI recently stated in a Huffington Post article,
‘I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. I think the ship has sailed and I think the church needs – I think this is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are.’
Earlier this year, Steve Chalke well-known Baptist minister in the UK told BBC of his support for committed relationships, whether they be heterosexual or homosexual. In a report by Christianity Today, he is quoted to saying,
“[A] lifelong, loving permanent relationship is not against what the Bible teaches at all and I believe, driven by the ethic of Jesus, then actually the church should get behind those relationships and endorse them, instead of leaving gay people in a world where they have to pretend they are something they are not and often live lives of deception,” he said.
After seeing so much hate, so much backlash, so much vile anger towards anything homosexual, it’s incredibly refreshing to feel the winds change and listen as words or warmth and support are spoken to a community I now belong to. I know God is moving and hearts are breaking for the things that break His heart – things like exclusion, like the idea that His grace isn’t enough for the gay community, the fact that the church may have had it so terribly wrong all these years and that He just wants us to love. Period. And that He’ll sort out the rest.
Max Ehrmann said once,
“You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding how it should.”
I don’t have all the answers but I wake up with a bit more hope and rest with a bit more ease at the news of more and more and more progressive change. Hope is in the wind. Makes living this life a tad bit easier even though we’re so far from having arrived. But then we’ve always got something to strive for, right?