Yes, they’ll know we are Americans by our guns

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We Americans don’t care about each other. We don’t love our neighbors as ourselves. And I wonder what God it is that many profess to love and obey. We don’t care, we don’t love, and I wonder which God for many reasons. The one looming largest before me this morning is this; We continue to uphold the nearly unrestricted access to firearms as a right of all Americans.

Yesterday, another needless and preventable shooting. One of many most certainly, but the one that garnered breaking news status.

Why? Why God? Why must we continue to write these lamentations?

Let us pray.

God, let us feel the pain of every parent whose child is killed by a bullet, be they victim, aggressor, friend or enemy. Make us weep for every death as their family weeps. Make their pain and tears ours God, so that then we’ll seek a way to stop the bullets, to stem the flow of blood and tears. Amen.



1 Question for People Who Won’t Wave the Rainbow Flag

I’ve read the DeYoung piece, and 2-3 different responses from folks along the spectrum of possible responses. This is the one. The one that really boils it down for me. Smacks me in the face. It’s a single simple question. And it’s the answer. Love it.

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A few days ago, Kevin DeYoung asked 40 Question For Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags. Because I’ve been waving my rainbow flag for the past 5 years, I thought about responding, but the truth is, others have done a fantastic job of that already.

Here’s the thing. I’m out of patience for this. DeYoung asks his 40 questions, but they all boil down to the same thing. Prove that you’re right. Prove that God is on your side. Prove that you deserve what I already have.

I’m tired of it. I’m tired of the assumption that my gay friends are the ones who need to be answering questions. I’m tired of the assumption that they need to justify their faith to those who fancy themselves the gatekeepers of Christianity. I’m tired of the woe are we attitude from those who have been a part of movements to bar LGBTQ people…

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