As a result, many LGBT people are unable to understand what grace – that is, the unmerited gift of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ – is all about. If a central part of our identity (if not the central part), which is the ability to experience embodied love and pleasure with another human being, is understood as intrinsically sinful and in need of repentance and abstinence, then why should we care about God’s grace? In fact, what kind of sadistic God would create people one way and then insist that they change who they are in order to attain salvation? It is not surprising, then, that many LGBT people have turned away from the Church and organized religion.
So begins the first of five essays by the Reverend Dr. Patrick S. Cheng to be posted over the coming weeks at THE JESUS IN LOVE BLOG. As you can see from the above, it is good stuff. The titles of the essays are:
1) Erotic Christ
2) Out Christ
3) Liberator Christ
4) Transgressive Christ5) Hybrid Christ
Check them out!