Matthew Vines, a student at Harvard took two years leave to study the Bible and Christians interpretation of its scripture. As a gay christian who clearly has read it from page to page, he’s come back with a wealth of knowledge on interpretations of 6 widely used scriptures we hear so much of these days. He compares them to other writings in the bible by the same author, and with little effort he breaks down the belief of what they really mean. On March 8, of this year, College Hill United Methodist in Wichita, Kansas invited him to speak before their congregation. First, I think we should all take a moment and acknowledge what a big deal this was to have a religious organization such as the Methodist Church to make such an invitation. It was the right thing to do, and I think we can all agree it was very brave of them. His lecture, The Bible and Homosexuality was nothing short of amazing. He spoke with knowledge, compassion, and yes, love. After you watch the 107 minute lecture as I did, you will note this young man has a bright future in the politics of Human Rights and equality for the LGBT community. In recent years it has been hard to find someone on our side of the fence who can cross over and take the positive attention of Christians. As someone who was raised in a devout Christian home, I like so many others can appreciate the truly heart-felt effort he made to show this side his point of view. He asked them to walk in his shoes at the beginning of his lecture and its clear that anyone gay or straight who watches this will. At the end of his lecture he passionately ask the congregation “to try and see things differently for my sake even if it makes you uncomfortable”. His finally words sent chills down my spine as it may have been the only direct dig at Christians for their behavior when he says “the truly Christian response to them is acceptance, support, and love”. While his appeal was to the church I believe this lecture and many more to come from him will help non-believers just as much as Christians understand with more clarity where the bigotry and hatred comes from. Dr. Martin Luther King was a man of faith who walked across the isle and showed the other side the error of their ways. Yes, he did this firmly, but he did this with compassion. I hope you all enjoy this video lecture and I hope you all take the time to thank this young man for his wonderful work on this subject.