‘Irrelevant & Obsessive Focus On Gays’

Another one out of the park for Bishop Desmond Tutu:

However, he said he sometimes felt ashamed of his fellow Anglicans as they focused obsessively on trying to resolve their disagreement about homosexuality while 30,000 people died each day because of poverty.

“We really will not be able to win wars against so-called terror as long as there are conditions that make people desperate, and poverty, disease and ignorance are amongst the chief culprits,” he said.

“We seem to be engaging in this kind of, almost, past-time [while] there’s poverty, hunger, disease, corruption.

“I must imagine that God is weeping, and the world quite rightly should dismiss the Church in those cases as being totally irrelevant.”

Archbishop Tutu accused some of his fellow Anglicans of going against the teaching of Jesus in their treatment of homosexual people by “persecuting the already persecuted”.

Bishop Tutu was attending a conference sponsored by Tearfund, a UK organization looking to alleviate poverty – material and spiritual.  There he said it is the church who makes the invisible G*d, visible.

He challenged churches to be the hands, feet, eyes and ears of Jesus in the fight against local and global poverty.

Drawing on his experiences in apartheid-dominated South Africa, the Archbishop told more than 800 delegates, `If you want to keep people subjugated, the last thing you place in their hands is a Bible.

‘There’s nothing more radical, nothing more revolutionary, nothing more subversive against injustice and oppression than the Bible.’

It has been said that if the Jesus from the Gospel were to walk the Earth today, many of those calling themselves *Christians* (more specifically evangelical types) would not recognize him nor support him or his teachings.  Tutu’s message here is what is borne out in liberation theology.  Especially the message of acceptance and the admonition (new commandment)

Matthew 22:
34. Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
36. “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37. Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'[b] 38. This is the first and greatest commandment. 39. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'[c] 40. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

As Bishop Tutu is asked, ‘Who is our neighbor?’  Our neighbors are even those who lives are seen as irrelevant because they are not as we are.  They are not our mirror’s reflection.

Of course the focus on gay marriage by the Church as irrelevant.  It doesn’t address any specific issue that really needs to be addressed though it is most often cast as a “moral issue” – it is not.  There’s more lacking of morality in the alienation of those who are different and using those differences to define their persecution. There’s more lacking of morality in the suffering of those who have little or nothing when ignored, excluded, and persecuted by those who have so much and even too much.  Regardless of those who lay claim to the alleged moral high ground, the exclusion, finger pointing, persecution, and resultant judgment they attribute to the interpretation of the teachings of Chris, they are not Christlike.  And surely, their G*d does weep.

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2 Responses

  1. Bishop Tutu’s words,

    If you want to keep people subjugated, the last thing you place in their hands is a Bible.

    is worth focusing.

  2. I know! I loved that quote as well. No sense in educating the populace in any sense of the word.

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