Maybe God is a Gay Black Woman

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Someone posted on my FB wall this week, “If God is fair, He will show up someday as a Gay Black Woman.” I’ve been thinking all week about what this man meant by such a provocative statement, and I’ve come to terms with the powerful message behind his words.

The more I learn, the more I realize that many, many things are not what I once thought—they present as opposites, sort of like two sides to a coin. The two sides seem in opposition, yet that is merely an illusion. Both represent one coin.

Take the notion of God being represented by a Gay Black Woman… It is certainly the total opposite of what most God-fearing people would ever think could happen, if they were being transparent. Since the Middle Ages, gays, Blacks, and women have all been objects of unspeakable oppression and exploitation under the auspices of Christianity.

For example, the Civil War was primarily a fight over the supremacy of the White Church in society as “God’s chosen” and whether it was biblical or not to own slaves. From an article in the New York Times, “The South, The War, and ‘Christian Slavery’”:

[The Confederates] were, Southerners believed, a people chosen by God to manifest His will on earth. …The Confederacy must “exhibit to the world that supremest effort of humanity” in creating and defending a society built upon obedience to biblical prescriptions regarding slavery, a society “sanctified by the divine spirit of Christianity.” …This “Gospel civilization,” many believed, didn’t just permit slavery — it required it. Christians across the Confederacy were convinced that they were called not only to perpetuate slavery but also to “perfect” it. …Above all, as Southerners never tired of pointing out to their abolitionist foes, the Gospels fail to record any condemnation of the practice by Jesus Christ.

Ironically, the White Christian Confederates were fighting for “Constitutional Liberty.”

A walk through history will reveal that Blacks have been thee most mistreated and devalued group on the planet. This might go back to some BS (that’s, bullshit) about Blacks being cursed with the “mark of Cain” back in Genesis (which could easily be a Dark Ages, post-Jesus legend). For one example, I never knew much about the African slave trade until recently. It was started primarily by White Christian colonialists in the 1600s (through early 1900s), who treated the slaves worse than animals enroute to the New World, and then sent Christian missionaries to convert them. In some cases, they were coerced to become Christians or face persecution and/or death. In spite of the denial of lots of well-meaning yet uninformed folks, Blacks are still highly suppressed and oppressed in our society today in a myriad of ways.

Interestingly, the recent genome map has revealed that Africans/Blacks are the only skin-color classification to encompass the entire genetic diversity of all peoples on earth and that all “races” (race has been proven to be a myth, by the way) or rather, skin colors and peoples on the earth originated in Africa. In other words, if anything, Blacks are actually superior to Whites, and therefore, if God had a skin color, it would most likely be Black, not White. But please don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating the superiority of anyone over anyone, but merely pointing out our blindness and ignorance in such matters.

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Youtube: “Africans are more genetically diverse than the inhabitants of the rest of the world combined, according to a study published in the journal Science Express.”

Women: Under the patriarchal system developed as a result of “biblical teachings,” men are superior to women and must be obeyed, submitted to, and regarded as the dominant sex. This theology has bred incredible oppression of women for centuries at the hands of abusive, manipulative, power-hungry church leaders and husbands! I have personally come to believe (based on evidence) that some of the NT (contradictory) verses against women were later inserted by men, but regardless of the usual theological arguments…this perspective came to mind. In His divine sense of humor, God arranged two interesting dynamics that, to me, completely obliterate men’s superiority over women. First of all, who gives life to men? Who brings them into the world (or not)? That would be, women.

Women have two X chromosomes. Men have one X chromosome and one Y chromosome. Perhaps that suggests at a very simple level that men, in all reality, are (only) half woman! The primary factor determining sex differences in utero is testosterone…that is what develops the sexual organs as male and female, and scientists now say that it is the lack of (or too much) testosterone in utero that brings about confused sexual identity and hermaphroditic tendencies in newborns—a link that reveals differences in the hypothalamus of the brain.

My opinion? Women, the ones who give life and proliferate offspring, have been patterned after God in a unique, powerful, and mysterious way. Therefore, it seems plausible that God just might appear as a Woman.

Gays. I have always wondered how evangelical, Christian men—some of the most homophobic individuals on the planet—reconcile within themselves to having an “intimate love-relationship” with a man, Jesus Christ. Seriously. It’s easy for a woman to imagine a love relationship with Jesus, but what of these men who speak of deep desire for and intimate relationship with Jesus?

Add to that…when Jesus spoke of “knowing” his followers—male and female—the word he used (Greek: εγνων) was the “Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman.” Not only that, he likened the next phase of his Kingdom to that of a Bridegroom taking His bride—male and female—into the honeymoon chamber. Yes, it’s rich, Jewish symbolism, but the implications are there of marital-like intimacy.

Knowing how much gays have been unjustly oppressed by Christians, wouldn’t it be kind of God-like if He arranged His plan in such a way that all these people who stood in such hateful opposition toward gays were actually practicing homosexuals themselves, all of their Christian lives?

I have come a long way in understanding that the Bible is nearly silent on the modern definition of homosexuality (contrary to the distortions and slants of translators) and it’s really difficult for me to imagine people being punished by God for doing what He told them to do—to love and respect each other.

Once again, things are not as they seem. For those who haven’t assigned equal status and human value to Gays, Blacks, and Women (even if they would never admit it out loud), I think God has allowed them to fall prey to their own bigotry, blindness, and hypocrisy. When we have mistreated Blacks, Gays, and Women, we have really mistreated ourselves.

“…and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26).

At the heart of it all, we are all one. And, I think there is going to be a lot of surprises in store for oppressive, marginalizing Christians who were supposed to focus on bringing the Kingdom to earth by imitating the Love of their…well, Gay Black Mother.

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  • Randy Wright

    A gay black woman who was once a slave would be even better. However, slavery is as old as history. I am currently reading a book titled, "Slavery, A World History" by Milton Meltzer. It goes from the beginning of history through slavery during the antebellum period and is very enlightening. All colors of human beings have at one time or another been held as slaves and in many cases those holding them truly believed they were doing nothing wrong. That is why it would be sweet to let those who held people captive learn that God "Herself" was a slave. I have read many books on slavery but none that speak of it throughout history until now. I highly recommend the book to anyone who is interested in the subject.

    • jferwerd

      Thanks for that info Randy. Slavery has been a terrible injustice. I read recently that the big difference between slavery of the days of the Bible and slavery since the beginning of the Church is that back then, slaves were normally treated as family members, could buy their freedom or be redeemed, and were always released after so many years of service. Big differences. Have you read that in your studies?

      • Randy Wright

        Yes I have, and that was a big difference. It wasn't until after the civil war that southerners began to wonder if they had handled slavery all wrong. They started to believe that God punished them for the way they treated their slaves by causing them to lose the war. Until then most of them sincerely believed what they were doing was in accordance with the bible. They didn't wonder if slavery was right or wrong they actually thought God required it. Most slaves in biblical days were obtained as the result of war, the prisoners were used as slaves. Also, many were used as slaves to pay off debts and as soon as their debt had been paid they were released. Antebellum slavery was much more cruel in a lot of cases. Now, there were southern slave owners who were good to their slaves, but they were few and far between, most treated them like animals. It is a very interesting topic to me and at times very disturbing. There is a book I just read titled "The Peculiar Institution" which is a very good book about slavery during the antebellum period. If anyone is interested in the subject it is an excellent book to start on.

  • dubleya

    Julie,
    You continue to amaze me.

    Truly, you are one of the most thoughtful spirits I have ever met.
    Tweeted and shared…pehaps to be reblogged.

    • jferwerd

      Thank you George. Feeling is mutual. <3

  • Ed Burley

    Slavery in old testament Israel existed in two types – indentured servitude and chattel slavery. Servitude was for the purpose of paying off debt – if you owed someone money and could not pay it, you could sell yourself to them until your debt was paid. If you could pay it off sooner than agreed upon, you bought your freedom. In the year of Jubilee, all servants were set free…the debt was forgiven. This was the ONLY way that an Israelite could be enslaved by an Israelite.

  • Ed Burley

    FOREIGNERS, on the other hand, could be owned. They were not released in the Jubilee and they usually were not able to buy their freedom. These slaves were not just regular foreigners but usually prisoners of war..This was the type of slavery that the Scottish Presbyterians who founded the southern colonies practiced. They believed that because blacks were not like themselves, they were "foreigners." There's all kinds of allowances in scripture for beating disobedient slaves, breeding them, etc. This is where the detestable practices involved with slavery came from.

    This was largely from the Calvinist belief that the OT was still valid in the new covenant – obey the law, get blessed. This was taught in the Westminster Confession and in most of the writings of the Puritans. What they totally missed was that ultimately scripture taught that there was to be no difference between the Hebrew and the foreigner…Jubilee was meant for ALL. That's why so many in the abolitionist movement were Quakers or some other universalist leaning group. There were exceptions (the Reformed Presbyterian Church denounced slavery) but for the most part, the Calvinists (Southern Christians) did not like dark skinned people…

    • jferwerd

      Thanks for the info Ed! I agree…it has always been corrupt character and morals that has given license to treat others harshly or less than equals, and ultimately given God a bad name. AS I have studied Calvinism and all that it did to drive capitalism and greed both in and out of church (continuing to this day), it has been disheartening to say the least. I believe Calvinism is the father of class structuring.

  • Damian Masters

    Well, I hope you feel better after getting that off your mind. Maybe decafinated coffee would be good. Have a good day.

    • jferwerd

      Haha, maybe you are the one who needs the decaf Damian? Were you offended?

      • Damian Masters

        No Not offened at all. I understand where your coming from. I am amazed at what you come up with. I also understand the statemaent that God could be a gay black woman. That statement to me falls in line with any other of mans religion as well. I hear a lot of people saying the jews, and buddist, and islam, are all wrong. Little do they realize that they are more wrong than them. Sense Adam was kicked out of the garden man has been going the wrong direction. The farther away from creation we go we lose so much. Man cannot be held accountable for what God has put in motion.
        So I can see where your coming from but it really doesn't matter. Do you understand? Keep up the good work.

  • karen

    yes yes yes to everything you say..living in africa i am surrounded by "black" people,
    "gay" people and suppressed women…….all three have much in my opinion to teach the rest of the world about love and God…..

    • jferwerd

      Thanks for the encouragement Karen. I'll bet you see it more apparently every day than most. How I long for a new order.

  • lauriefox

    Thanks, Julie! This is great. Indeed, perhaps "none of the above" is a closer approximation of the Being we worship, for God is Spirit (John 4:24). That's why, in our congregation, we don't use male terms (Father, Lord, He/Him/His) for God unless they're paired with female terms and we make frequent use of the Biblical female images of God (mother eagle, Sophia Wisdom, etc) to counteract the prevailing male images.

    We ARE all One and that One is Holy.

  • LIz

    God created Adam in His image the Bible says throughout all translations both Greek and Hebrew. Genesis 1:27 God is a tri-part being and His son was Jesus, a male. Then God created Eve from Adam's rib. He created her from a man. That does not mean men are superior to women, it means that we were designed to be a partner. God would never be gay because clearly in Romans 1, homosexuality is a sin. Not the person committing the sin just the sin and God is holy. Jesus was perfect and knew no sin. The error of Christians today is there judgement of people. God is the only judge and he is fair and righteous.

    We are to love all people so that we can win them to Christ. May his love pour through us to those unlike us so they see Jesus in us.

  • http://www.saltanimations.com/what-we-do/3danimation-3dillustration/ America Boling

    f like two sides to a coin. The two sides seem in opposition, yet that is merely an illusion. Both represent one coin.

  • http://rebeccaersfeld.com Rebecca Ersfeld

    Trying to figure out what or who God is made of is futile with our mortal minds, it is only by the spirit of God can we even call him father let alone begin to know who he is. It takes walking day by day with him, that he reveals himself to us. I suspect that no one would know that better then the slaves we are talking about, there is much to be said about suffering in the scriptures and what it does to our inner being. I have a feeling there will be some surprises to those who thought they were superior… when we all stand before Him, the first will be last and the last first… I knew a 20th century slave, his name was Robert Sadler, his own father sold him into slavery. He co wrote a book on his life with Marie Chapian, (which was just reprinted) that man was the most loving person I have ever met. He radiated joy. ..
    Julie, I am reading your book right now "Raising Hell" and I am thoroughly enjoying it. My father was a minister of the Gospel… his message was much like yours, he spent most of his life preaching the love of God and dispelling the lie of an eternal torture chamber. He was labeled a heretic by most of the clergy around him, but I praise God for the truth he left me and I continue to spread the love of God as I go through this life. Rock on Girl!

    • jferwerd

      Rebecca, what a beautiful legacy your father left you. And I'm so glad you're enjoying the book! :)

  • http://rebeccaersfeld.com Rebecca Ersfeld

    Trying to figure out what or who God is made of is futile with our mortal minds, it is only by the spirit of God can we even call him father let alone begin to know who he is. It takes walking day by day with him, that he reveals himself to us. I suspect that no one would know that better then the slaves we are talking about, there is much to be said about suffering in the scriptures and what it does to our inner being. I have a feeling there will be some surprises to those who thought they were superior… when we all stand before Him, the first will be last and the last first… I knew a 20th century slave, his name was Robert Sadler, his own father sold him into slavery. He co wrote a book on his life with Marie Chapian, (which was just reprinted) that man was the most loving person I have ever met. He radiated joy. ..

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