1 Timothy 4:1-5

From Joanna Harader:

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits . . . They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving; . . . If you put these instructions before the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus.”

Everything created by God is good and should be received with Thanksgiving. This must include the people God has created with all of our variety of gender identities and sexual orientations. I realize that the author was most certainly not thinking of same-sex partnerships when he speaks of forbidding marriage as a sin against God. Still, the spirit of the words here encourage us to celebrate the fullness of God’s diverse creation.