Our Default Phrase..among gays and lesbians, ”love the sinner, hate the sin” is the most disdained phrase in the christian vocabulary. If behavior equals identity, then hating gay sexual behavior is the same thing as hating the gay person…
the easiest way we can start to change these negative perceptions [of christians] is to remove ”love the sinner, hate the sin” from our vocabulary.
* I don’t know how many times I have heard this from well-meaning friends about my son.
on a baseline level all the GLBT community wants from “God is [a] to have the same intimate relationship with God that evangelicals claim to have; and [b] to safely enter into a journey toward an inner reconciliation of who they are sexually, spiritually and socially ~ Andrew Marin
Whatever your opinion on same-sex orientation, you have to admit that Jesus didn’t say, “They’ll know you are my disciples by your firm stance on divisive social issues.”
No, He said we’ll be known as His disciples for another reason [which he goes to say that is what Andrew is pursuing in these pages]
What does Jesus say exactly?
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13
They know that some of the meanest people on earth are sincere, well-intentioned religious people who believe in their religion so fervently they would die for it but also would kill for it — literally or metaphorically.
[talking about spiritually superheroes]