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Jay Bakker fosters dialogue between the megachurch and LGBT Christians

May 15th, 2008 | by Jones of the Nile |

This is remarkable, and gives me some hope that the next generation of evangelical leaders might not be as narrow-minded as the current crop (i.e. John Hagee, who said that Hurricane Katrina was God’s wrath for New Orleans allowing gay pride parades, or Rev. Falwell suggesting that 9/11 was the fault of pro-choice groups and GLBT groups, among others…).

Jay Bakker, son of televangelist Jim Bakker and the late Tammy Faye Bakker, visited Joel Osteen’s Lakewood megachurch in Houston, Texas. For those who don’t know Joel Osteen, turn on the television on any given Sunday, and you’re bound to run into a telecast of his megachurch’s service. He’s also a best-selling author, most recently with “Your Best Life Now.”

Jay Bakker’s message at Lakewood — foster dialogue between churches and LGBT people. It’s an initiative being sponsored by Soulforce, which is a GLBT group for Christians. Bakker met with Osteen and other church officials to discuss GLBT rights, and GLBT participation within services. Bakker admits that Osteen won’t be making any bold stands any time soon, but the fact that this meeting took place to begin with seems remarkable by most accounts. (Imagine James Dobson meeting with GLBT Christians to dialogue. Instead, Dobson funds a series of ex-gay ministries that seek to change people’s sexuality.)

One can only hope that as younger evangelical leaders, such as Osteen, get more seniority, they will bring with them a message of tolerance, if not acceptance, to GLBT Christians.

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  1. 2 Responses to “Jay Bakker fosters dialogue between the megachurch and LGBT Christians”

  2. By rube cretin on May 15, 2008 | Reply

    message of tolerance is a good thing. the message i am worried about is the prosperity theology message which Joel and the others preach. just ain’t possible in a world of diminishing resources.

  3. By Rodney Wilson on May 15, 2008 | Reply

    I am hopeful about many things, including this issue, as I observe the upcoming generation of evangelical Christians.

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