Some of you may have noticed that the tag line on my website changed tonight. Some of you may also know and understand why. Tonight, the United Methodist Church (UMC) voted to exclude LGBTQ+ people from full communion with the church, and from being in pastoral positions.
I disagree deeply and unabashedly.
I was only 8 years old when my denomination first voted to ordain LGBTQ+ people into pastoral leadership, so I have only the vaguest sense of how divisive this can and will be to the UMC. I do know however that this is not in any way reflective of the incredibly broad, diverse, and radical love of the Jesus Christ that I’ve come to know.
I have had the incredible privilege of living with, working with, walking alongside, and sharing different portions of my life with people who identify as being LGBTQ+. You know what I’ve learned? Every one of them, Every SINGLE ONE of them is made in the image of God. Each and every one of them is imbued and endowed the the image of the most Sacred and Holy. Every single one of them is Sacred and Holy in their own right, and they all have beauty and sacredness to share with the rest of us. To each and every one of you who have shared your beautiful sacredness with me, I love you.
And you know why I love them even more?
Because they continue to do so in the face of organizations and people who call them “sinful” at best, and kill them at worst. They continue to show the love and inclusiveness of Jesus Christ even in the face of darkness and hate. They continue to love others around them, even when that love isn’t returned.
So, what does this have to do with Emergency Management? I could put something in here about being inclusive of everyone in our planning, but I’m not going to bullshit you tonight. It doesn’t. This post has everything to do with the power and privilege that I hold as a white, cis-gendered (heterosexual), middle-class male. I have been granted certain privileges simply as a result of being born, and it is up to me to exercise the power that comes with those privileges in a responsible manner. I happen to have a platform, and this is how I’m choosing to use it.
To everyone who is broken and sad tonight, know this: you were not rejected by the God who created you, only by people who are too in love with power and too afraid to rock the boat.