I’m feeling especially “pink” today and out of the ordinarily insightful. I saw this tree today and I really liked the vibrant pink. It’s a bright and sunny day here in the Bay Area and it made me think of a half-baked idea I had for a blog a long time ago. It’s part sermon and part queer, which is an odd combination for me in my writing (I think) so I’ve never actually written it. Here it is today though in all it’s Pink and True glory.
Gospel means good news. For Christians, the good news that Jesus died for the sins of the world constitutes the “Gospel” with a capital G. I think there is a bona fide gay version of good news that has its root in holy Scripture as well. Psalm 139:14 says,
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
I remember years after I came out and started being honest about who I was with my family, friends, and coworkers I was flipping through my old Bible and I read this passage. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. It brought tears to my eyes and I remember feeling a little hopeful. Hopeful that I wasn’t the monster and demon that my former church life had decided I was doomed to be now that I accepted I was different and not 100% straight. I’m all grown up now and I don’t live in fear or worry about these things anymore but I know there are thousands out there that do and that makes my heart heavy sometimes.
So here is the Pink Gospel. Here is the good news for gays: You are fearfully and wonderfully made according to the same book that many try to beat over the head with. There isn’t anything wrong with you. You are not a freak, a devil, or a pervert. You are not evil and you have nothing to be ashamed of. You are different and you may not be able to give your parents the wedding they always wanted or maybe grandchildren but that’s OK. We all don’t have the same lots in life and your life and your love are still real and of great value. Be pink. Be different. Be proud. That’s the good news for today.
Sunday sermon concluded. :-)