Being a raised a Kansan, I'm about as Midwestern as they come. As the old saying goes, you can take me out of the Midwest, but you can't take the Midwest out of me.
Which is why I was absolutely floored by this video I caught on PBS tonight:
The first part, "I am Emily" is a profound witness to what our children continue to have to face.
Emily is a faithful Christian. Emily prayed for five years for God to make her no longer gay. Emily is 15.
This is a powerful piece on what happened when she came out to her family, friends, school, community, and church in a rural town in Iowa.
As a Christian priest and pastor, I ask you to watch the conversation she has with her minister. It's a study worthy of a thousand posts and a million comments.
This is it, folks. This is why my heart is in this.
I pray for Emily and every youth who struggles as she does with exile, even in her church that she wants to call home.
An antidote: Christopher over at Bending the Rule has a truly marvelous essay that offers an inspired, Spirit-filled alternative to the theology expressed in this video.