Monday, March 2, 2009
But such were some of you!
The California State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control brought charges against a popular gay club in San Francisco and is in the process of taking away their liqueur license.
I know that is a strange way to start a Christian blog posting. But the article where this information is found has something to say about community values and I have been searching for a way to do a posting without offending my Christian readers.
I will not link to the article because of some rather offensive advertisement, but will write about the information and do some quoting. The article is taken from the Bay Area Reporter a gay and lesbian paper in the Bay area.
The club has been charged, among other things, with 33 instances of nude dancing and nude serving of drinks, and either actual or pretended sex including sodomy and bestiality.
After reading about the charges, charges that the owners did not deny, it was their defense that amazed me.
The reporter after hearing by e-mail from the main owner wrote this:
“In an e-mail to the B.A.R., the club's main owner, Jamie Zawinski, insisted that the ABC has taken such a hard line against him because ‘we had the audacity to appeal their denial of the conversion of our license from 21+ to all ages, and win. It's very rare for a nightclub to convert from 21+ to all ages, and ABC apparently didn't like that at all. I believe their current actions are retaliatory.’
Zawinski also wrote that based on the testimony of the ABC employees during the hearing it was obvious they do not understand San Francisco's ‘community values,’ noting that one undercover officer stated he was unsure if a performer named ‘Lola’ was a man or a woman.
'It seems to me that the ABC investigators have no understanding of gay culture or what gay clubs are like," wrote Zawinski, who opened the club in 2001. ‘It sounded to me like the guy had never seen a drag queen before. ... That sounds like a Sacramento suburbanite cop. So I suspect that the severity of the punishment they are asking for has something to do with the fact that gay activity freaks them out.’ (Emphasis mine.)”
After reading about this community’s values and their supposed culture I could only think of some ancient biblical city such as Corinth. Also the whole of 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 came to mind. Paul pointing to the sin of fornication, idolatry, homosexuality, thievery, covetous, drunkenness, reviling and swindling, reminds the Christian community of where they have been and where because of Jesus Christ they now are.
“Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” (11)
I also thought of the last two minute speech I made at our Presbytery meeting. It was the last speech. Yes, I was the only person to be so foolish as to try a second time to explain my reasoning for voting against amendment B.
I had written something down several days before Presbytery but knew I needed to read it to get it just right. So I said something else the first time.
But between each amendment voted on, we did a responsive reading which always started with Micah 6:8. “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
And I had used that verse in my written speech. So when I sat down the first time God just kept pushing me back to the line. So here is the end of it.
“I plead with you, do justice to those broken by sexual sin, leave a standard for them to be guided by. Love kindness, include those broken by sexual sin among those who may by repentance be enfolded into the life changing grace of God. Walk humbly with your God, be obedient to his word allowing room for repentance by those who are trapped in sexual sin. Acknowledge God’s wonderful provision of change through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Vote no on amendment 08-B"
May all be delivered from the so called "community values" of San Francisco.