, Newburyport, MA


July 5, 2013

God's light is redeeming this country


After decades in ministry, I have concluded that nothing in Holy Writ says it quite as well as Matthew 25: “So long as you did it for these, the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it for Me.”

Some of us act as if our sexual orientation were the measuring stick for entry into the Kingdom. No quote from Paul or Genesis, taken out of context, can substantiate this. The manner in which we treat the sick, imprisoned, homeless, hungry, thirsty and naked is the way we ourselves will be treated on the Last Day — whether we be gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, cross-gender, transgender or eunuchs.

In the meantime, let’s lighten one another’s load rather than add to it. Let’s especially embrace our teens who struggle daily to find and to accept their identity without judgment.

Perhaps there are such teens in Mr. Johnson’s own parish, unable to share with him who they are — knowing full well that he has already judged them with lots of anger but with little compassion?

The Rev. Dr. Bob Gallagher


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