Are the poor more important than GLBTQ folks? Is it ok to throw the rights of one group under the bus so that another group’s rights might be upheld? I wish there were really clear back and white answers here but the fact is that we live in a much more ambiguous world than that. As a Lutheran I confess to living in the tension of being simultaneously sinner and saint and living in a world filed with the paradox of such.
If I were to boil down messy contemporary reality to an equation, here’s what it would be:
– You can’t lead a coalition of progressive Christians without being an outspoken leader on LGBTQ issues.
– You can’t lead a coalition that includes mainstream Evangelical and conservative Catholic Christians if you are an outspoken leader on LGBTQ issues.
That leaves Sojo in a precarious position, and it seems to leave Jim Wallis with a choice to make: Does Sojo want to build a mainline-progressive coalition or an evangelical coalition. I don’t think he can do both. Sadly, that’s the reality of the church in America these days.
Mike makes a good point. He also says that Jim Wallis is still asked to speak at places that Brian McLaren and I are not, particularly evangelical college chapel services. I can’t confirm this since Jim’s speaking schedule at sojo.net doesn’t list many speaking gigs.
It does, however, list the Wild Goose Festival, where Jim and Nadia and Brian and I and many others will be. Let’s hope that we can have a public conversation there about the role of GLBT Allies and coalition building in the church. In fact, let’s hope that conversation can be public.