Last week, for a local newspaper, Rev. Seth Pickens wrote a brief list of reasons he supports the LGBT community:
2. Some want to get married, and some don’t; go figure. They also bleed red if you cut them.
3. With the bullying and hate many face, they qualify as an oppressed people. Christians support oppressed people.
7. Homosexual behavior is documented in many species of animals; maybe some are just born that way.
8. As much respect as I have for the soul of animals, I have even more respect for human beings.
I have a couple of complaints about the list, but on the whole, it’s quite a breath of fresh air compared to what we usually see from pastors. Yet that simple list got him in a lot of trouble with his church community. (It probably didn’t help matters that he performed a wedding ceremony for a lesbian couple last year.)