“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” — ABC News interview, May 9, 2012
Do you all hear that? It’s the collective silence of the “black” church waiting, as Pastor Jamal Bryant stated on the Tom Joyner, for their Pastor to speak out and take a stand against President Obama’s full endorsement of same-sex marriage. Pastor Bryant stated that this Sunday would be a “great divide” in the black church because black pastors, who supported the President’s agenda, are now “confused” because in most of their churches they have, in writing, specific clauses that refuse to recognize same-sex unions. He would go on to say that, as black people roll into churches on Mother’s Day Sunday expecting to hear where their particular pastor falls on the dividing line, “any Pastor who does not address this issue in the pulpit. because they are afraid of controversy, is not fit for MINISTRY”…REALLY Pastor Bryant?
I have many problems with the opposition with the President’s most recent stance on same-sex marriage and how it will impact the “black church”:
1. What in the world is the “Black Church?”- that’s part of the problem right there. In Christianity, there is only one church….which is the Body of Christ. You don’t get special privileges in Heaven for claiming affiliation with a church that is all or predominately black. STOP IT!!!!!!!!!
2. What’s the problem with recognizing or allowing same-sex marriages?- I mean, it hasn’t been that long since black people were not allowed to have the same rights and privileges as others in America. Oh and when we finally did get those privileges, they were still subject to different rules and specific guidelines; oh and when that went away, the collective “we” still don’t take full advantage of the opportunities afforded us. SO what’s wrong with two people who happen to be gay or lesbian, walking up to the court-house, going through a ceremony and signing a marriage certificate? You don’t want to conduct them in your church? OK…I’m not saying that you should have to, but to be opposed to it altogether, couldn’t that raise the flag of hypocrisy…a least a little? I mean it’s not like we legislate the number of dumb
asses people who get married on a daily basis.
3. What would these black pastors do if all of the current homosexuals left their congregation?- Is it possible that with that, 40% of the tithing members would leave? What about the stereotypical leaders of the music ministry….you kicking them out too? Or what about the pastors who would have to step down for being hypocritical of the lifestyle that some of them may actually be a part of…i.e.
Eddie Long never mind.
4. Not fit for ministry?- And who decides that? I mean Jesus dealt with plenty of controversy, but it usually always addressed the judgement of others. You know going against the grain, when all the “church folk” of the time were ready to stone people and accuse him of blaspheming and what not, I’m not going to sit here and say Jesus would support same-sex marriage, but I’m also not going to say that He wold stand up in the pulpit and be obligated to state to his congregation, filled with liars, adulterers, cheats, murderers, slanders, deceivers etc…etc.. where he stood on the issue. Jesus would most likely say, it is our responsibility to Love God with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength as well as love one another as we love ourselves. He probably would go on and add that how can we say we love God, who we have never seen if we can’t even begin to show love for the people we SEE everyday.
Just my take on it…until next time, what do y’all think?