Openly gay US Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson was preaching in London about how sad it was that the Anglican Communion was tearing itself apart over the issue of homosexuality. As he was speaking, a congregant stood up and began shouting “heretic” and “repent.” Many others in the congregation followed the outburst with claps. Watch it here.
To be sure, some people will say that the outburst was just rude. But you tell me. Who is the prophet in this picture? Here are some lines from Bishop Robinson’s sermon:
“This discussion of homosexuality we are having in the Church is not so significant because of what it says about homosexuality, but of what it says about God.”
“When someone stands up and says homosexuality is an abomination, does that make you want to get to know God?”
“I think God wants us to be bold, I think God wants us to take risks, I don’t think God wants us to be afraid.”
“You know, whatever you think makes you unworthy, I don’t think God wants to hear it any more.”
“All you have to do is turn up and open up your heart.”