My Talk from Q Conference 2010

So a day after I land from England I had to speak at the one-of-a-kind Q Conference, which was being held in Chicago this year (I took the picture above from my phone as I was about to go on stage). I was very humbled that Q’s founder, Gabe Lyons, asked me to share some thoughts in front of 600 of the most proufound influencers in our faith. I only had 3 minutes to speak, so I made the most of this short time by giving a very important message that I felt this particular audience needed to hear. As far as I am aware, my talk is the only one in Q’s history to not be posted on their website for viewing. You will find out why when you read this. Here is the text from my talk…

I opened by staring at the audience, silent, for a full 45 seconds to set the somber tone in which I was about to humbly proceed in a slow, soft spoken voice. Then I said the following:

I stand silent to give dignity to a moment many Christians take for granted.

There are only a few sacred moments in one’s life—one of them is when you know in your heart that you’ve been set apart to dare to be remarkable by doing nothing other than believing in a just and powerful God.

The last great Roman satirical poet, Juvenal, commented about power by saying:

“But who is to guard the guards themselves?”

I am standing in a room with 600 gatekeepers to our faith. 600 influencers. 600 people that stand amongst and above the rest.

Maybe you don’t feel as such in your own mind.

But the Christian hierarchy proves different.

Jesus said that: “wisdom will be proven right by her actions.”

Well, our actions have only proven that ‘wisdom’ must be an elite group of predominantly white upper class individuals who care about their “Christian brands.”

I don’t care about your Christian brand, and neither does the Lord.

God says to Isaiah:

“These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.

Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder.

The wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”

You all are the best; you are all the brightest that our faith has. And yet where are your hearts with the gay community?

How have your tangible actions proven the Lord’s wisdom right?

Is the culture war it too political? Too divisive? Too scary? Too unknown to stop us from changing our medium of engagement with gays and lesbians.

In his famous speech apologizing to America after his sex scandal, Bill Clinton said:

“This has gone on too long, cost too much and hurt too many innocent people.”

Friends, I plead with you today that you stop being a gatekeeper and start acting like Jesus.

Much love.

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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Bryan

    brought tears to my eyes.

  • Jason

    I’m in complete sympathy with Bryan…I have tears in my eyes. In three minutes time you brought wisdom of 1,000 years! As always, Andrew, thank you for being light in a dark place!

    Bless you, brother!
    Jason

  • Mrs T

    What was the response? I’m sure it stimulated some questions. As usual, I’m looking forward to more!
    Welcome back!

  • http://six11.wordpress.com Shawn

    would love for you to expound on this more Andrew.

  • http://www.jennyrain.com Jenny

    ran across this from TimSchraeder.com… great talk.. would have loved to have been a fly on the wall. My father is gay and I’m evangelical, so i am always looking for ways to build bridges. wrote a series (see below) a while back that got a phenomenal response… it seems like people want to enter into the discussion but just don’t always know how… thanks for keeping the conversation going :)

    Will they Laugh if I Call You Daddy? Growing Up with a Gay Father
    http://jennyrain.com/2010/04/12/will-they-laugh-if-i-call-you-daddy-growing-up-with-a-gay-father-day-1/

  • http://hcjoel.blogspot.com Bart Wang

    First off, well done. Great use of your opportunity and time. Let the walls we’ve built around Jesus fall from the inside.

    Second, copyright issues? Who can buy it and where? That seems silly, especially for a three minute segment. Bart knows you don’t make the rules, you’re just honouring them. So for those who are claiming copyright, let it go.

  • http://adammclane.com adam mclane

    Spike that big Bible. I love seeing how God is refining and empowering your message. You stand in a long line of people telling the church that they are wrong. Fortunately, you also stand at the ready to help reform. I count it a blessing to call you my friend.

  • http://www.dannyjbixby.com Danny Bixby

    Well said.

  • http://www.emergingmummy.com Sarah@EmergingMummy

    Convicting and beautiful. I’m new to the conversation here but it resonates with much of what I have felt in my heart for years now. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Dee

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! The work you are doing is powerful and honorable. God Bless you Andrew!

  • http://exgaywatch.com David Roberts

    I echo the comments above. Totally unexpected and wonderful, do-not-change.

  • http://carleton1958.xanga.com/ Jeff S.

    I love it, Andrew. Very wise use of the opportunity you had. It gave me a chill. May the Lord continue to touch the hearts of those who were there to hear your message.


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