Today is Good Friday. It is usually a "low attender" in churches across the country. Why? I believe the answer to this question is that we are uncomfortable with suffering and death, whether it occurs in our life, in the lives of our loved ones, or in the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
It is very tempting this Holy Week to jump from palm branches to Easter lilies, from parades to empty tombs, from Hosannas to Alleluias. However, Good Friday reminds us that we cannot do this. We must travel this journey. We must make our way through this dark and fearful story because there cannot be a resurrection before we have a crucifixion. There cannot be new life before we face the stark reality of death. There cannot be an empty tomb before we have a dead body to place in it.
We in the LGBT community know this journey well. We, too have been mocked by others and called names because of our sexuality. We have been betrayed by those we thought were our loved ones. We have been denied full membership to many churches and discovered many closed doors in the secular world as well. We have suffered because of intolerance and hatred. And, yes, some of us have even died. We know the Good Friday journey well and there is much about this story that we can relate to.
Don't be afraid of Good Friday. Listen to its story carefully and enter into it deeply. Ultimately this day is a day that not only ends with a dead body, but also holds the hope for resurrection and new life. Those of us who have gone through betrayals, denials and the like, know that this is not the end of the story. We, like our Savior, have also experienced God's Easter power working through our lives. New life and new opportunities have come our way in unexpected and surprising ways. Dreams and hopes for a bright future have been resurrected. Stones that once blocked our way have been removed. Have hope my LGBT brothers and sisters. Christ's story is our story and with God's help we can turn the Good Friday experiences of our lives into Easter Sundays!