This Bible application is intended for Christian “foreigners”
Updated January 23, 2:45 p.m.
Our Bible App, a Bible app designed for LGBTQ people, women and people of color who have faith, has officially launched.
According to a press release, Our Bible App is available for download on iOS and Android phones, making a number of one-touch Bible translations available, including a translation that uses gender neutral pronouns for God. The app isn’t just filled with Bible verses, however. It also provides a number of resources for the LGBTQ community including videos and podcasts which are all affirmative.
“Finding a spiritual home has not been easy, especially when much of my community is fragmented and scattered around the world. I created this app for myself and people like me. I really hope this app brings us together, lifts our collective voices and gives us back a part of our power, “said Crystal Cheatham, founder of Our Bible App, in the press release.” This app is for all identities, not just those who fit into the white heteronormative mold that has nurtured conservative Christianity for so long. I believe spirituality is a specter and I want to create something for those who have been hurt by the church and for those who still love it fiercely “,
Yes, the Bible says homosexuality is a sin. But it also says eating pork, wearing a cotton / polyester blend, letting your hair get “washed out”, having sex and all the rest. listing things that many of us do every day are sins, sometimes punishable by death. These sins, included in Leviticus, are often ignored. While the rules on eating meat and wearing mixed fabrics have largely disappeared, the Bible can still seem inaccessible to LGBTQ people. That’s why Crystal Cheatham created Our Bible app, an app focused on LGBTQ, women and people of color who have faith.
Our Bible App was due to launch in June and it seeks to take the Bible “to the roots”, helping people of all colors and creeds worship in ways that make them feel better. In a statement, Crystal said she was tricked into creating the app after feeling like her faith was erased.
“I’m black, I’m a lesbian, and I’m sick of feeling like my faith doesn’t matter,” Crystal said. “Some think it’s an anomaly that a black lesbian can be a Christian, but there are many like me, not just gay people, but those who are pro-choice and Christians, anti-Trump and Christians and interfaith and Christians. “
We often have ideas about what some people look like or believe in, but the truth is, people don’t fit into small, well-defined categories. Being religious and believing in social justice, or being pro-choice, are not mutually exclusive. That’s why Our Bible App will include various meditations, translations, discussions, podcasts, and readings focused on different ways of worshiping. From social justice devotions to spiritual readings, the app intends to appeal to all kinds of people who want to practice their Bible-based religion, not just those most people think want to worship.
If you are interested in Our Bible App, go to website and sign up. Once released in June, the app will be sent straight to your phone, for free.
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