If you haven’t seen the video Tony Jones made for The NALT Christians Project, it’s below. In it he says this:
More and more evangelicals, particularly young ones, are opening up to the idea that gays and lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, and intersexed persons can have full-fledged citizenship status in our country, and can be full participating leadership members in the church. This is a growing movement. Progressive Christianity is growing, and it is the future of Christianity in America, in North America, in the West, and hopefully all around the globe. … We’re not all like that. In fact, the future wave of Christianity is people who are open, who are accepting, who see the Bible as a theological document—not a historic document, not a scientific document, not a rulebook for living.
Tony was fighting for full LGBT rights back when doing so really cost him something in terms of his career. But he never stopped speaking the truth; he never diluted his message; he never let the pressure to conform outweigh his convictions. It’s because of people like Tony that we can look out at the world and see that while, yes, there’s still a great deal of work to be done, things have gotten better.