I had the interesting experience of going to a local church this morning (first time in 13 years!) to listen to Brendan Malone from the Catholic organisation Family Life International. More on him later this week.
It was bad. It was really really bad.
Before he spoke, we endured a Bible reading that I remember reduced me to tears many years ago when I knew I was bi and was in the church band, feeling increasingly insecure about me and God.
Roman’s chapter 1:
God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die.
I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy. Are you? Yeah, nah.
But the GLBTI bashing wasn’t over yet.
During Mr Malone’s sermon, he had this to say about trans people – an analogy he had made in conversation with a ‘relativist feminist philosopher’:
“So if a boy thinks he’s a girl, people tell him he’s a girl, and he wants to be a girl, does that make him a girl?! And if a girl thinks she’s a boy (etc….) does that make her a boy?! That’s crazy! That’s like saying that if a boy thinks he’s a chicken, his friends think he should be a chicken and he wants to be a chicken, that he’s a chicken!! Never heard anything so ridiculous!”
Is he kidding me? He wants to compare the hell trans people go through for recognition and to be themselves to a CHICKEN?! What I had for tea?!
Yet the same sermon was also peppered with the plea that Christians need to get back out into our communities and share God’s LOVE and KINDNESS!!!
Two words to that church and that man: