Lawrence Ware, the co-director of the Center for Africana Studies and the Diversity Coordinator for the Philosophy Department at Oklahoma State University has written a New York Times op-ed, July 17, 2017, “I’m Done Being a Southern Baptist”, that captures why I have been a critic of both racism AND homophobia;
“But not enough has been done to address the institutional nature of white supremacy in the convention. Many churches are still hostile to the Black Lives Matter movement and even more were silent during the rise of Mr. Trump and the alt-right. For all their talk about the love of Jesus Christ, the Southern Baptist Convention’s inaction on the issues of racism and homophobia has drowned out its words.”
We who are opponents of state sponsored executions have for years raised the question; “Why do we keep on killing people to prove that killing people is wrong?”
How strange it is that we United Methodists who in word and deed have sought to confront racism and sexism within and without the denomination, continue to discriminate against LGBTQI persons, same sex couples, and the clergy who perform same sex marriages.
What is it about a heterosexism that reveals homophobia, that for years has dominated United Methodism, makes it continue to plague us?
I’m not done being a United Methodist, but how long God, how much longer, on matters of homosexuality, will The UMC look like the Southern Baptist Convention?
- “The Work of Christmas” - December 21, 2017
- Be The Way Forward: A Letter from Rev. Gil Caldwell - December 12, 2017
- The Contradiction at the Heart of The United Methodist Church - August 29, 2017