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Andrés Vásquez and Felipe Cárdenas, a gay couple in Colombia, have reportedly stirred up a furor on social media after a photo of their nativity scene featuring two Josephs made its way on to the web, the NY Daily News reports:
Political analyst Vásquez and entrepreneur Felipe have been together for four years and were united by a civil union, the closest thing to marriage for homosexuals in Colombia, three months ago. The gay rights activists told the Diario Veloz website that they set up the scene, a picture of which was then posted on Facebook, in the hope that it would help in bringing about reform in the country's gay marriage laws.
A bill to legalize gay marriage is currently being looked at by the country's politicians and has passed the first of four debates. But it has been dubbed as “unconstitutional” by the nation's conservative lawmakers.
Vásquez told the website: 'We did it because we believe in Colombia. We have lived in different cities in the world and we prefer to return to our country.
“We are beginning to build [a better country] through our new union,” he said.
Stephen Colbert is still reeling over Obama's same-sex marriage endorsement. God ordained marriage to be between a man and his rib, after all.
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Paul Oestreicher is an Anglican priest and a chaplain at the University of Sussex. Oestreicher felt Jesus Christ's intimacy with John had to be addressed, so he did so to a congregation in New Zealand on Good Friday.
He writes, in the UK's Guardian:
Heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual: Jesus could have been any of these. There can be no certainty which. The homosexual option simply seems the most likely. The intimate relationship with the beloved disciple points in that direction. It would be so interpreted in any person today. Although there is no rabbinic tradition of celibacy, Jesus could well have chosen to refrain from sexual activity, whether he was gay or not. Many Christians will wish to assume it, but I see no theological need to. The physical expression of faithful love is godly. To suggest otherwise is to buy into a kind of puritanism that has long tainted the churches.
All that, I felt deeply, had to be addressed on Good Friday. I saw it as an act of penitence for the suffering and persecution of homosexual people that still persists in many parts of the church. Few readers of this column are likely to be outraged any more than the liberal congregation to whom I was preaching, yet I am only too aware how hurtful these reflections will be to most theologically conservative or simply traditional Christians. The essential question for me is: what does love demand? For my critics it is more often: what does scripture say? In this case, both point in the same direction.
Whether Jesus was gay or straight in no way affects who he was and what he means for the world today. Spiritually it is immaterial. What matters in this context is that there are many gay and lesbian followers of Jesus – ordained and lay – who, despite the church, remarkably and humbly remain its faithful members. Would the Christian churches in their many guises more openly accept, embrace and love them, there would be many more disciples.
Read the whole piece HERE.
On Saturday, I mentioned that 30,000 were expected for a Tim Tebow Easter appearance at a Texas megachurch. About half that number showed up.
The Easter "sermon", Tim Tebow-style:
"I have actually had the same routine the last 7 years and just this year they started calling it 'Tebowing', which I have no idea why...But I do think it's pretty cool because at least prayer is being talked about and I still have a platform that, when cameras are rolling, they can't just turn it off, and they have to hear me say, 'I want to thank my Lord and savior Jesus Christ."
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