Gay Christian Devotion

Psalm 137 (King James Version)

1By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
2We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
3For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
4How shall we sing the LORD's song in a strange land?
5If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
6If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
7Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
8O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
9Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

Reflection

The psalm talks about the children of Israel being asked to sing songs of joy, when they were crying their eyes out in captivity. God's gay and bisexual people are also in captivity. Gay and bisexual people are in captivity to societal ignorance, fear and hatred, to discriminatory laws, to iternalized self-hate, and to the ignorance of graceless pastors and church administrators. And the insensitive expect gay people to pretend they are straight, while they sing happy songs of praise.

Praise God under such conditions! Praise God under such conditions! Many gay, lesbian and bisexual people are hurt and angry. Just like the psalmist they want revenge and they long for a home where there will be liberty. Like the psalmist, who longs for the promised land and for justice, God's gay and bisexual people long to spend eternity for God and for justice.