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HuffPo: "Rainbow Christ Prayer Honors LGBT Spirituality"

 

The Huffington Post:

When I see rainbow flags flying this month, I celebrate the spiritual values of the LGBT community and remember the many faces of the queer Christ.

I wrote the following Rainbow Christ Payer with gay theologian Patrick Cheng for LGBT Pride Month. The prayer matches the colors of the rainbow flag with the seven models of the queer Christ, from Patrick's new book From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ.

In our prayer each color also corresponds with a universal spiritual principle that is expressed in LGBT history and culture. In addition, the Rainbow Christ Prayer incorporates the chakras, the seven colored energy centers of the human body in Buddhist and Hindu philosophy.

37 Comments

  1. MrRoivas
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    And yet again NOM reveals its true colors as a Catholic Church front group.

    This post has nothing to do with gay marriage, and everything to do with a religious grudge match between two different theological groups.

  2. Randy E King
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    "with a universal spiritual principle that is expressed in LGBT history and culture"

    There is no such thing. What these parasites do is latch on to the history and culture of established ideologies and then claim it as their own - i.e. the rainbow flag of Christianity, the Civil Rights movement of the African American Community, Women Suffrage Movement; and the like.

    And to prove my point:

    @MrRovivas,

    "This post has nothing to do with gay marriage, and everything to do with a religious grudge match between two different theological groups."

  3. Son of Adam
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Marriage has deep spiritual and religious meaning to a lot of people. Why shouldn't NOM point out how that aspect is being corrupted?

  4. David Argue
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    What are the two theological groups? I don't think LGBT is a theological catagory.

  5. Posted June 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    David,

    Many LGBT people, like many straight people, possess their own spirituality and religious beliefs - just as diverse and varied.

    These religious and spiritual beliefs are of equal worth and value and are supposed to be just as protected as the beliefs of any other world religion.

    Unfortunately, they're not. They are overridden by the religious beliefs of the mob who would see their religious "definition of marriage" the one implemented in law at the cost of the welfare of the lives, families, and households of gay couples throughout America.

  6. Good News
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Christianity is in for some ruff times ahead. Others would say some exciting times...
    The virgin Marry being a great example for the IVF mother. All these new technologies being a blessing from god. And Jesus can easily be used as a source of strength and pride for children who will be born without a natural father having been involved. And many of Jesus' teachings can be used to show the relativity of family. And the new teaching that says in short that when fulfilling the law Jesus was in effect doing away with it; with the result that sin does not exist any more. To where thinking sin can exist in a converted Christian is to deny why Jesus died on the cross, which was precisely to take away their sins. Any good Christian, under these new teachings, would be denying the very reason he died if they where to think for a minute that something they do is a sin. How hateful to Christ would that be. Plus the teaching that to repent is to change ones mind, comes in very handy when converting the congregation over to Obama evolution. “I was sinful in thinking gays should not be allowed to marry, I will repent, and so be freed from such evil thoughts. For of course gays can marry; we are all sinners”, i.e. “all non sinners”. Christianity was going out of business 15 years ago. These new possibilities in the protestant church are the best thing going since the invention of the coffee hour. (But don't feel singled out. Liberal rabbi's are also finding new and improved teaching for our times. Allowing the lepers and the homos into the inner circle.)
    Ya “Christianity” along with all of the west, is in for some ruff times ahead. Or as others might say exciting times...
    May some of them stick to the narrow path, and so remain a true light in the darkness that is coming over us.
    In the near future there will have to be a distinct line made within the protestants group itself, which will be as clear as the line between the Catholic and Protestant church of our day. So that it be very obvious, before walking in, which church has been reborn that way, and which one has not.
    (And please let me know when the temple prostitutes, and child sacrifices are back in. That should really fill up the pews.)

  7. Randy E King
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    @RJ these "beliefs" you right of have to be recognised in the context of the History and Traditionas of the united states.

    "It is in the religion of ignorance where tyranny begins." Benjamin Franklin

  8. Scott Wooledge
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    No commentary.

    Is NOM showing support or attacking these Christians' religious liberty?

    I can't tell.

  9. OvercameSSA
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Homosexuals hate Christianity because it disapproves of their behavior. So, they make all sorts of assaults on its religions, particularly Catholicism, to demean and attempt to destroy it. A shame, really, because no religion has done more to help homosexuals, through its teaching of love, than Catholicism. Catholicism draws the line at sodomy, and homosexuals can't accept that.

  10. David Argue
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    @RJ

    So again, what are the two groups that MrRoivas
    is talking about? I assume only he knows the answer to that.

  11. Emily
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    I would think NOM, who makes a lot of noise about the oncoming obliteration of "religious liberty," would be excited to see that a viewpoint different from theirs is thriving.

    Isn't this afterall the very definition of religious liberty? Having the freedom to worship openly as one chooses?

    Or is it only about ONE sect's liberty to exist and thrive?

  12. Lefty
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Can anyone please explain whether they're literally beseeching Rainbow Jesus in prayer, or just invoking him in the abstract as a kind of "ceremonial deism"? That part was not clear to me.

    I am not a religious person, so I don't know these things.

  13. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Note to author, maybe change this line:

    "Free us from conformity, and grant us the grace of deviance."

  14. Jon
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    This post seems to be one religion making fun of another group's prayer. "My unprovable, unseeable, mythological all-knowing being is definitely the true one, and yours is not." I don't understand the purpose of posting this.

  15. RC
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Good point, Jon.

    Any NOMmies have an explanation?

  16. Lefty
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    @Jon&RC

    I assume the purpose is to notify people here of trends they may come across in their own churches.

  17. Son of Adam
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    If God is so much in favor of homosexual behavior, you would think that He would have been considerate enough to have designed the anus for sexual intercourse. But all scientific indications show that the anus had been designed as an exit, not an enterance. The anal tract simply does not provide the flexibility or the natural lubrication the vaginal tract does. Quite an oversight for an omnipotent being, wouldn't you say? Either that, or God had never intended the anus to be used as a sexual organ in the first place. Which makes more sense to you?

  18. MBOHOH
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    Wow. NOM has posted this blog item without vitriolic commentaries. This is a brave and encouraging move from NOM to acknowledge the beauty and existence of gay christians!

    I salute you. I'm delighted that NOM is inching towards true religious liberty for all. Truly, religious liberty, social diversity, (marriage) equality and tolerance are always good if they do not get abused. It does not help if NOM keeps showcasing the bad side of things. Makes everyone sad. Makes God a sad image.

    You see, when things (e.g. parts of the Catechism) don't make sense to all, defend it and be apologetic for it you may, but the spirit knows. Take it that there are reconciliations to be made. Don't get hung up on the useless techniques of the Pharoahs, the despots, the Pharisees, the Inquisitors, etc on imposition and insistence that they are inerrant. Think about that. Rethink what life, salvation, faith and heaven really means, for God is good. Be good Catholics, show the good side of all things including marriage equality for those who are committed to be partners in life. Discard meaningless pursuit of what sexual parts match or don't match! You may think you get A+ or perfect score on that faculty, but you lose points on God's plan to bring life to us. There's more to life than that, I'd say! Evolve for the better. Embrace marriage equality!

    Still, to gain my respect, NOM has to keep up with displaying and embracing tolerance though. Now, go confess, seek absolution and repent. A progress nevertheless, I'd say!

  19. Mr. Incredible, in Jesus' Name
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    12

    Well, Son, the anus is not a sex organ. Neither is the mouth, nor the hand.

    The fact is that what those who claim to be homosexual do is masturbate. A "pork" roast would also do.

  20. Son of Adam
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    I already have embraced marriage equality, MBOHOH. I just don't believe in redefining marriage - just like you don't believe in redefining it for a wide variety of sexualities yourself.

    For instance, what does all your talk of respect for religious diversity mean when you continue to "discriminate" against religious sects that practice polygamy?

    It means that your true motivation is to promote your own political ideology that favors homosexuality under the guise of religious tolerance and equality.

  21. bman
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    RJ->.... the mob who would see their religious "definition of marriage" the one implemented in law...

    When a moral society interferes with immoral expression, the immoral minority calls it mob rule.

  22. bman
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    MBO->Wow. NOM has posted this blog item without vitriolic commentaries.

    That 's because its such an obvious perversion and dishonoring to refer to a queer Christ it doesn't need further commentary.

    Society can sense the moral depravity of the gay agenda by simply reading that excerpt.

    There is no need for further commentary to explain it to them.

  23. bman
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    MrRoivas->This post has nothing to do with gay marriage, and everything to do with a religious grudge match between two different theological groups.

    It has to do with gay sex marriage because thats the front line of the battle between two opposing moral-theological views.

  24. Preserve Marriage
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    The rainbow flag was used to represent racial diversity (black, white, red, yellow, brown) -- immutable characteristics -- but homosexuals aren't a color, so their use of the rainbow flag makes no sense!

  25. Scott Wooledge
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    It's funny how "Christians" obsess on stuff like this:

    "anus is not a sex organ. Neither is the mouth, nor the hand"

    As though it's only gay people who us their anuses, mouths and hands.

    Honestly, I feel pretty sorry for your partner if you have one, "Mr Incredible." You don't sound like a very imaginative lover, she must be bored to death.

  26. Mr. Incredible, in Jesus' Name
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    20

    It's funny how those who claim to be homo obsess on stuff like this.

    I didn't distinguish between heterosexual and homosexual when writing that neither the anus, the mouth, nor the hand, are sex organs. They are not sex organs for everybody.

    Those who claim to be homo can only masturbate, since neither the anus, the mouth, nor the hand, are sex organs.

  27. Posted July 1, 2012 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    If you are prepared to indoctrinate children in the demonstrably insane falsehood that husbands can be female, or wives can be male, please.

    Vote for Barack Obama, who is as insane as you are.

    The rest of us will see you in November.

  28. Lorene
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    This shows how the LGBT community distorts and sullies strong Christian values to support their repulsive and disgusting behavior. The rainbow is a symbol from God as a covenant to us to never flood the earth again. It is a spiritual symbol and not a symbol to be used for a revolting and disturbing lifestyle.

  29. joy
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    this is way out of hand This is not of God.

  30. MBOHOH
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    I must have offended this website's controller, somehow. My previous entry in response to Son of Adam in #20 (previously labeled as #15 at some point) has not appeared. Sometimes, I get "Your comments are awaiting moderation". This time round, it doesn't even appear.

    I now note from #20 and #27 that this is somewhat political to Son of Adam and Rick Delano. I don't get that. What I'm seeing is that many Christians are using words from the Christian bible to voice their objection to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. But I think it's important to point out that Christians need to look at it at a different angle because God's love is universal and condemnation is never a part of Christian values. Like I said, the spirit knows.

    I am motivated to speak out because I am a Christian too. I'm doing this with love as guided by Paul's words in Galations 6:1. But truly, I'm beginning to have a clearer picture that some Christians might have just violated the 2nd Amendment all along in the name of politics... If so, I urge that we turn back before we become lost.

  31. Dan
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Romans 1:

    24 "Wherefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts unto uncleanness, that their bodies should be dishonored among themselves:

    25 for that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

    26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions: for their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature:

    27 and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working unseemliness, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was due.

    28 And even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up unto a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting;

    29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

    30 backbiters, hateful to God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

    31 without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, unmerciful:

    32 who, knowing the ordinance of God, that they that practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also consent with them that practice them.

  32. MBOHOH
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Sorry,... I mean the 2nd Commandment...

  33. Dan
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    >>Christians need to look at it at a different angle because God's love is universal and condemnation is never a part of Christian values.

    Hi. I'm not sure which version of the bible your getting your version of "Christian values" from because I've studied many versions and, in each of them, Christ Jesus is on record condemning many behaviors as sin and warns people to not engage in their sins any longer (i.e., "repentance"). His apostles are on record in each version condemning many behaviors as sin. Further, each version teaches that the reason Jesus had to be sacrificed in our place is because our sin condemns us and separates us from God. Yes, God loved us enough to provide a way (i.e., Jesus) to salvation while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8), but this notion that we can continue to willfully live in sin while claiming Christianity is completely contrary to biblical teaching (Romans 6:1 -23). Your version nullifies the teaching to "arise and walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:4). If one continues to willfully live in their past sin, how is that walking in newness of life?

    i encourage you to check your bible version and confirm for yourself whether it is indeed a commonly accepted version or if it is possibly be angya "special" version re-written to support certain ideology. Past that, for those wanting to invent their own religion that approves of living in sin, fine, but don't call for Christians to say that such is not approved in the scriptures when it so clearly is not. Christians have been charged with the responsibility to share biblical teachings.the message. We're not judges. We're just messengers. Don't blame the messenger. :)

  34. Dan
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Correction:

    ...don't call for Christians to say that such is approved...

  35. Kat
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    The gay extremists and their supporters may very well win the battle of declaring themselves "married" under the law of man, but that won't satisfy them. What they REALLY want is for man/society to tell them God accepts homosexuality, and that they are 'normal' and 'the same' as everyone else under God, and they are NOT. God has said this many different ways in the bible. But, they seek acceptance, vindication and glorification in their bedroom behavior with man/society, and want that equated with acceptance and vindication and glorification of their sexually deviant behavior from God, and if any person tells them that will never happen, and then try and defend traditional marriage while we're at it, we're labeled homophobic, un-Christian(by those who want society to tell them God thinks it's ok to be a sexual deviant), and intolerant. When all we're saying is that God doesn't like it, and *we're* not going to lie to you and say He does!

  36. Chris
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    The queer Christ? Talk about flipping the script.

  37. MBOHOH
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    Sigh... it is happening again. My last comment cannot be shown...