|No stopping God's work in GLBT community|
The notion that Christianity is somehow private and closeted and acted for social concerns in the Aware Saga is quite contradictory to the facts. It is a church that has always been synonymous to power and wealth, being closely aligned to the Government and Monarchy. After all, the British Queen is supposed to be the defender of faith. Christianity came to Singapore, along with the colonial powers, and the Anglican Cathedral was their gathering place, next to the Parliament House. The Church existed almost as one with the colonial powers with their connection intricately linked. It was no private religion, but a public religion whose impact goes far beyond the walls of the church such as setting up laws to persecute gays which was a remnant of the laws by Henry VIII. We have the Anglican church to thank for 377A.
The Aware Saga showed that Christianity even with so much political, and social power and public reach is not allowed to cross the boundary to take away the very little space that the Women Liberal groups and GLBT community had. It was "Out of Bounds". We should be rethink God's work for His hand may bar us from causing further harm. You can't escape from causing harm. It often amazes me that Fundamentalist Christians are so fearful that their religious rights will taken away when we free gays from the closets that we put them in, for they know deep in their hearts that they have sinned and that the same manner which we have taken even the basic rights of existence and relationship of gays, we fear we may receive our due rewards.
God is working in this fringe groups just as Jesus found His abode not residing with the conservative majority but in the outcasts of the community who had suffered so much yet did not blame God, but had their hearts soften to see God's hands working in their midst. There's so much pain and brokenness but an abounding grace you would seldom find elsewhere. Jesus called them Happy or Queer, for they were blessed, or in a state of being blessed by God, for even though they had nothing, in Christ, they had everything, not wordly inheritance perhaps, but spiritual inheritance and reward in heaven.
The bible says that those who are poor in the spirit, lacking not riches per say, but finding their lack in the spiritual communion with God, being blessed, for the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of heaven is received through Christ Jesus. The Sermon at the Mount is often misinterpreted as 'Happy are those .... ", when it should be "Blessed are those ....". We may not be happy even though we are in a state ob blessedness when we do not realise how blessed are we. Those who came to see Jesus, were blessed because they were so blessed to see Jesus in person, when the prophets could only dreamed and imagined what it would be like. Here, they were God with them, their poverty called blessed because their riches will be in heaven, their sufferings soothed by the prospect of eternity and peace with Christ. They were the outcasts yet, God chose to appear to them and to be with them. God was at work in their very midst. We are blessed even when we mourn of our sufferings against us by Fundamentalist Christians, for in Christ we shall be comforted.
Today, God is beginning to do a greater work within the GLBT community. Hitherto, the Fundamentalist Christians have tried with their ex-gay groups causing much harm, spiritual and sexual confusion. They brought many Gay Christians into further condemnation, and many never came back to the Church. God is moving in, with His Church, with Christian Churches that affirms the dignity, humanity and sexual orientation of Gays. It started in 1968 in MCC Los Angeles, and today God is doing a new work in the major cities and ports around the world where once the gay affirming churches only reside in the states. It is a great time to be alive, to be a gay christian, to be blessed to see God's amazing grace, love and compassion to the GLBT community to proclaim His love and compassion and acceptance. They would no longer be rejected by society nor by Mainstream Christianity.Just like in the Sermon at the Mount, Jesus was with the outcasts that the conservative society rejected. So too, today you will find His abode in the least and the most despised, who for no sake of their own suffer great injustice and persecution.
Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
Teach me ever to adore thee,
O to grace how great a debtor
Never let me wander from thee