It is just over 3 years that Gay marriage was legalised in the US, on 26 June 2015. And coincidentally, it was 15 years ago, on 26 June, 2003, that same-sex activities was legal. The major Gay denomination in the states, the MCC, has been a great blessing to the Gay Christians but the battle now starts to find meaning and purpose for existence in an increasingly left-wing mainline Christianity. Will the Rainbow bring something different to the highly polarised state of Christianity.
The recent fracas in Other Sheep (an outreach for Gay Christians) whereby the MCC members had muscled in and replaced the Executive Director, Stephen Parelli formerly of MCC and First Baptist Church just because he is a Trump supporter is reflective of the ever-increasing liberal radicalization of Gay Christianity. The MCC had started being more inclusive with their founder Troy Perry even having Pentecostal roots. But MCC churches are now more akin to the liberal alt left of Christianity after decades battling with the Christian Right. They had become as dogmatic and narrow as those they had opposed. The outrage at the Other Sheep’s former Executive Director’s manifesto was almost universally felt by the liberal Gay clergy including the likes of Rev Darlene Garner and Rev Rachelle Brown. Has the Gay church lost its mission in a changing world? to be inclusive? instead of an exclusive hyper liberal club.