Saturday, June 20, 2009

Thought for the Day: Chris Glaser on Church Talking and Church Walking (and the Difference Between the Two)

I did not believe they were "listening for the Spirit," "the One who enables strangers to view one another as compassionately as we might the misjudged Christ."

Chris Glaser, Uncommon Calling: A Gay Man’s Struggle to Serve the Church (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988): (p. 192).

Glaser is talking about his experience as a gay man in the church, hearing the claims of many churches that they are open to and listening to the Spirit, which are belied by the churches' refusal to welcome the stranger at their door--e.g., gay brothers and sisters. When we can't welcome the stranger knocking at our door, then perhaps we should stop talking about our eagerness to welcome God, who is the ultimate Stranger . . . .