Why I Can't Ignore the Nashville Statement as Cowardly Nonsense, Even Though That's What I'd Really Rather Do
Because, of course, it's hateful, and we should say that, and we should show LGBTQ+ people that this isn't the world we live in.
But, also, because I'm selfish, and this is personal.
Because my sister is the most important person in the world to me.
Because she's succumbed to the siren call of an Evangelical church.
Because she's an amazing, loving, caring, thoughtful, generous — did I say amazing? — Christian woman.
Because her church teaches her to live by "God's design."
Because that design leaves out people like me.
Because that design leaves out people like me, and every girl I've dated and all of my friends and the man I love and the relationship that shapes our life.
Because what if I was in love with a girl instead of a boy?
Because they think they can ignore that question simply because I'm not.
Because I remember a time when we didn't talk about this stuff, and I don't want to live in that world again.
Because I thought we'd moved on.
Because the Nashville Statement doesn't read like something even God would endorse.
Because it reads like someone was talking about God's love and tried to shoe horn in a few insults to LGBTQ+ people like a bad parody song.
Because they're basically making stuff up at this point.
Because it tells my sister she can't accept me as I am and still be the otherwise amazing Christian she is. It literally says that.
Because real Christians know better.
Because it's 2017 and everyone should know better.
Because whenever Evangelical Christians "find themselves living in a period of historic transition," they somehow always fall on the side of intolerance, hate, fear and discrimination; while the world around them transitions toward inclusion, love, acceptance and equality.
Because my niece loves that church, and it's all she's ever known.
Because she wants to make God happy, and that's part of what makes her a beautiful person.
Because she's 5. And we don't yet know who she'll be or who she'll love.