Tuesday, 22 December 2015
The first relationship between God and Adam was a same-sex relationship.
And because God was Father/Mother and Adam was male/female (i.e. this was before Eve was created from part of Adam) it closely resembles a modern same-sex relationship - a young gay man will often seek an older man who is a kind of father figure.
So gay men can relate to God as The Father.
This is the image that Jesus gave us of God - a loving Father.
Gay people also often create a family from their friends and lovers.
This relates to the spiritual idea that all people are our brothers and sisters.
If God is our Father then everyone is our brother or sister.
Although same-sex relationships do not of themselves create children, modern technology and surrogacy can take the place of heterosexual sex and provide a gay couple with children.
So gay couples are closer than ever to equal status with heterosexual couples.
The last hurdle to overcome is the Biblical injunctions which seem to condemn homosexual acts.
These passages have been dealt with extensively by many modern scholars and most people seem now to be convinced that the Bible does not explicitly ban gay relationships as they exist in the modern world.
So there is no impediment to gay people being accepted as full members of the Church - receiving communion and marrying as others do.
The Bible was written in a time when homosexual orientation was not understood as it is today. So homosexual acts were thought of as perversions of a heterosexual orientation and were therefore immoral. This is the basis of Biblical moral objections to same-sex acts and it is based on a false premise.
So, if we accept that gay people are born with a same-sex orientation, then there can be no further objections to gay membership and marriage in the modern Church.
Finally, gay people go through a long process of identity development and suffering caused by the prejudice and hatred of society.
This forces gay people to develop in a way that heterosexual people may not.
So gay people have an extra dimension to their personalities which heterosexual people may not have. Gay people are often more compassionate and sure of who they are than others. And this makes them better qualified to practice a mature spirituality.
Unfortunately many gay people have been rejected by the Churches and have in turn rejected the concept of God and religion altogether.
So we are crying out for Gay Spirituality.
A spirituality which is accepting and celebrates our gay identities and relationships.
Perhaps the Age of Aquarius will provide us with this much needed covenant.
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