Lesbians to launch gay-friendly Bible app that refers to God in “gender neutral terms” in time for Christmas
A lesbian announced that her new Bible app which refers to God in “neutral terms” in an effort to make the Bible “accessible” to those who feel “marginalized” by Christians is officially launched just in time for Christmas.
The “Our Bible App,” which identifies itself as the first “progressive Bible app for LGBT-affirming Christians, pro women and people of color in the center,” will launch from December 25 to 30 this year, according to his website.
“Our Bible App takes it back to its roots by celebrating the diversity of God’s creation with devotions emphasizing the inclusiveness of the text,” the app’s mission statement reads. “Our goal is to unravel the bonds that Christian colonizers have spread across the world for hundreds of years. Through devotions that showcase pro LGBT, pro-women and encourage interfaith inclusion, we hope to provide a necessary tool for creating healthy prayer and meditation habits. “
Crystal Cheatham reportedly decided to create the “Our Bible” app after her Seventh-day Adventist church told her Christianity and homosexuality were not compatible, says PBS. In just a few months, she raised over $ 20,000 to fund the app.
“I haven’t found any devotion that represents me. How about you? It must be difficult for you too,” Cheatham said in a promotional video for the app. “I created the Our Bible app because everyone deserves to be nourished spiritually.”
The application has four main components: progressive devotions affirming all styles of life and identities; a library of Bibles and translations; daily Bible verses and readings; and social media “so you can share and stay in touch with your friends”.
“This is where a transgender teenager can find affirmative Bible texts,” the website notes. “This is where your church will look and then discuss a sermon, this is where you will find new books and organizations that are important to you.”
The “Our Bible” app is also a “movement,” the website claims: “It’s about ending the stigma of what it means to be a Christian and filling a trap that generations before us have fallen into,” he says.
“There are so many Christians who want to accept LGBT people but don’t know how because they haven’t received the resources,” Cheatham told PBS.
She added that although she has received a “very small” amount of negative messages about the app, most of the time “what I’m feeling right now is pregnant silence, and I’m waiting to find out the truth. on how people react to this. “
The 2014 Religious landscape study by the Pew Research Center earlier revealed that the majority of the 35,000 respondents who identify as LGBT are Christians (48%), followed by 29% Protestants and 17% Catholics.
This is not the first time that the Bible has been changed to “fit” the gay community. As previously reported by GH, Atlanta’s Out Front Theater Company, which focuses on shows with LGBTQ themes, was recently criticized for performing a play featuring a gay reimagining of several Bible stories.
The synopsis of “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” product thus: “What if it really was Adam and Steve?” This is what the Out Front Theater Company of Atlanta, which stages shows exploring themes relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people, will endeavor to answer for the audience. .. “