By Rev. Gil Caldwell, Cofounder of Truth in Progress
I, as an 80 year old retired clergyman appreciated Charles Blow's, "Up From Pain" article more than I am able to express. These words of his possess a theological clarity about sex (biological differences), gender (societal and cultural definitions of masculine and feminine), and sexual/gender attraction.
"I had to stop romanticizing the man I might have been and be the man that I was, not by neatly fitting into other people's definition of masculinity or constructs of sexuality, by being uniquely me - made in the image of God, nurtured by the bosom of nature and forged in the fire of life."
The Psalmist in Psalm 139: 13 - 14 many years ago described what Charles Blow says of himself, "For it was you (God) who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you for I am wonderfully made."
One of the benefits of today's debates/discussions in religion and society about homosexuality, heterosexuality, and bi-sexuality, as well as gender identity, is that the Creator who made us, "uniquely me," wants us to be who we are in the process of becoming.
Some say, "God don't make junk." Charles Blow's article confirms that fact.
(To read Charles Blow's article about his own personal reflections on being bisexual, click here.)
The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell is a retired United Methodist Minister who lives in Asbury Park, N.J. He was active in the Massachusetts unit of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and participated in the civil-rights movement throughout the nation. In 2000, he, with others, organized the RMN Extension ministry United Methodists of Color for a Fully Inclusive Church (UMOC), an organization committed to the full inclusion of LGBT people in every aspect of church and society. His recent book, Something Within: Works by Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell is available from Church Within A Church.