Saw this picture in my Facebook timeline and wanted to share, just to boost the signal of Christians in Texas who are NOT horrible homophobic bigots. Not that we shouldn’t continue to shed light on injustice, but (at the risk of sounding corny) sometimes the best way to do that is to make sure the light of love and fellowship shine as brightly as possible where there is darkness. To shun the bad by enthusiastically embracing and celebrating the good in its stead.

With that I give you the winning non-profit float from this year’s Dallas Pride Parade courtesy of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, a congregation that is proudly open to all.*

Unsurprisingly it was designed by the church accompanist. As this good pastor from Georgia said (in what is about the Blackest sermon I have ever heard):

“Go find every song that’s been written by a gay person in the last 100 years and don’t sing it in church. Let’s see how many songs you can minister on that Sunday.”

Good luck doing it without the organist too.

Glad to see that some people - even in one of the richest, most God-fearing, conservative counties of the one of the richest, most God-fearing, conservative states in the U.S. - have figured out what “loving thy neighbor” really means.

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*The official doctrine of the United Methodist Church is still unaccepting of homosexuality, but within the church there are a rapidly proliferating number of “reconciling” congregations whose aim is to push the Church towards full inclusion. You can track the progress and find a reconciling congregation at Reconciling Ministries Network.