Tuesdays Thoughts: an Artful Response to 2 Corinthians

Haiku

You are the ones who⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Placed boundaries around love⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Rejecting God's prophets

Commentary

Based on reading 2 Corinthians 6-7 written by Paul to the Corinthian Church. This commentary is really a brief meditation/reflection from the queer church to the straight church, especially in United Methodist land.

I'd like to draw special attention to 2 Corinthian 6:3-10

3 We don’t give anyone any reason to be offended about anything so that our ministry won’t be criticized. 4 Instead, we commend ourselves as ministers of God in every way. We did this with our great endurance through problems, disasters, and stressful situations. 5 We went through beatings, imprisonments, and riots. We experienced hard work, sleepless nights, and hunger. 6 We displayed purity, knowledge, patience, and generosity. We served with the Holy Spirit, genuine love, 7 telling the truth, and God’s power. We carried the weapons of righteousness in our right hand and our left hand. 8 We were treated with honor and dishonor and with verbal abuse and good evaluation. We were seen as both fake and real, 9 as unknown and well known, as dying—and look, we are alive! We were seen as punished but not killed, 10 as going through pain but always happy, as poor but making many rich, and as having nothing but owning everything.

Sure, this is Paul. But it is the LGBTQIA+ folks speaking to the UMC. Haven't we done it all? Been model minorities? Carried the weapons of righteousness when perfect behavior failed to bring inclusion? Lived celibate? Been beaten? Imprisoned? And yet we are still here! We are not going anywhere. We will be in your neighborhood, your towns, your churches. Queer people repopulate themselves every day as babies are born. It is happening even as we exchange these words.⠀

Verse 12: You are the ones who placed boundaries on your affection for us.

We loved you. You have broken our hearts.

Verse 14: Don't be tied up as equal partners with people who don't believe.

We believe, do you?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

There is something new coming.  We are building a church that affirms our identity and we will accept nothing less. Our identity in Christ. Our bodies that are as valuable as any other part of the body. And our queerness. We lay claim to the promise that God has made. We believe.

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Artistic Response by Rev. Terri Stewart
Ok. Semi-artistic response. 😀

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