God Did Not Send You to My Bedroom

Reverend Al Sharpton’s January 11th speech at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Atlanta for the launch of the Alliance of Affirming Faith-Based Organizations.

“It amazes me when I looked at California and saw churches that had nothing to say about police brutality, nothing to say when a young black boy was shot while he was wearing police handcuffs, nothing to say when the they overturned affirmative action, nothing to say when people were being delegated into poverty, yet they were organizing and mobilizing to stop consenting adults from choosing their life partners.

There is something immoral and sick about using all of that power to not end brutality and poverty, but to break into people’s bedrooms and claim that God sent you.

I am tired of seeing ministers who will preach homophobia by day, and then after they’re preaching, when the lights are off they go cruising for trade.

We know you’re not preaching the Bible, because if you were preaching the Bible we would have heard from you. We would have heard from you when people were starving in California, when they deregulated the economy and crashed Wall Street you had nothing to say. When Madoff made off with the money, you had nothing to say. When Bush took us to war chasing weapons of mass destruction that weren’t there you had nothing to say. … But all of a sudden when Proposition 8 came out you had so much to say, but since you stepped in the rain, we gonna step in the rain with you.”

Via Kenyon Farrow.

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2 thoughts on “God Did Not Send You to My Bedroom

  1. Hello. You make a valid observation. It’s important to uphold scriptural truth in every situation; not just those that promote a political agenda. The truth is that everybody will stand before the Lord on the day of judgment.

    timbob

  2. Perhaps they ought to reread this story:

    25On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

    26″What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

    27He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

    28″You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

    29But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

    30In reply Jesus said: “A man gay man was going down from Jerusalem Los Angeles to Jericho Long Beach, when he fell into the hands of robbers traditional marriage advocates. They stripped him of his clothes marriage, beat shamed him and went away, leaving him half dead a second class citizen. 31A priest pastor happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite televangelist, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan true Christian, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine helped him move on. Then he put the man on his own donkey in his own car, took him to an inn a hotel and took care of accepted him. 35The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper civil servant at a government office. ‘Look after Wed him with his partner,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

    36″Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers traditional marriage advocates?”

    37The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on accepted him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

    The immediate context of the previous is that it immediately follows the commissioning of the Seventy and immediately precedes the visit to Martha and Mary, and then it’s the end of the chapter.

    Honestly, why do people make such a big deal about same-sex marriage? It is not going to make anyone less married. And also, of all the places where the Golden Rule or “Love your neighbour as yourself” is given, it nowhere adds a qualifier excluding LBGT people (or anyone else). Basically, the Golden Rule has no exceptions.

    PS: If is seems confusing, it’s because the strikethrough tag is not working. Just mentally delete words from the original parable and replace it with what I have written if there are no strikethroughs.

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