Here it is:
I dream of God.
The dream, it’s the vision of community & change happening.
[applause & clapping]
I’ll tell you what. You are the temple of God. So in order for us to be able… we can live that dream because the dream is within us.
[applause… “Yes…” “Come on, Brother...” “That’s right!” “Oh yes…”]
And I love speaking here cuz you get a, “Oh yes… oh yes… " But uh, um…
And so often we don’t want a change in The Church. We don’t want to look at things differently. But we can, if we’re practicing things like justice and being gentle….
God blesses those who are persecuted because they live for God.
Just recently I had a pastor tell me that he felt that God was against me, and that Jesus was against me. …He forgot the Holy Spirit, so that’s cool. I’m good with Him. [laughter] …and that my whole ministry was going to disintegrate & dissolve and be destroyed.
[“Mmm” “Wow” “Mmmm-umm” ]
Well, and… and the reason is is because I… I.. I came out in the church recently and said, “You know what? I don’t… I’m pro-gay marriage. I don’t believe that that’s a sin.”
…okay, that got dang quiet. Everybody’s like, “I ain’t sayin’ nothing now.”
I guess we’re not ready for this yet, are we?
It… it… it’s hard for me when people who’ve been through such persecution, a-and been judged against, all of the sudden, they don’t want freedom for anybody else.
We gotta start living it folks. That’s why it’s a narrow road. That’s why it gets quiet in a church where everybody was hootin’ and hollerin’ 5 minutes ago.
So maybe you’ll get mad and go home and yell… but maybe, eventually, you’ll get over it. And you’ll realize that you might not agree with me, but at least you’ll learn to love me.
Martin Luther King said, “It is not the words of your enemies that you will remember, but the silence of your friends.”
That’s why I [chokes up] can no longer be silent… cuz I love my friends.