Queerness fits naturally with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The New Testament
shows that Jesus stood in solidarity with those on the margins of society, keeping many of
his harshest words for the rich, the powerful and religious hypocrites.
Jesus challenged the sexual conventions of his day. He allowed women to make physical
contact with him in a culture that found it shocking. He socialised with prostitutes. He
criticised divorce in a society in which only a man could initiate a divorce, often throwing
his wife into social disgrace and poverty. He made clear that sexual ethics are about
people’s hearts as well as their bodies. He redefined family, saying that whoever does the
will of God is his brother, sister and mother.
Early Christians gradually moved away from Jesus’ radicalism. Christianity was
domesticated by the Roman Empire in the fourth century, beginning a long period
of Christendom, in which the Church became associated with wealth and power. As
Christianity moves from the centre of power in a multicultural society, we have an excellent
opportunity to look again at the radical teachings of Jesus.
We believe that the homophobia and sexism displayed by certain forms of Christianity are
a distortion of the Gospel. At the same time, influential views in our society continue to
uphold binary gender, along with a shallow, comercialised approach to sexuality. Queers
for Jesus aim to challenge dominant views in both Church and society. We hope that we
are also open to being challenged and to learning from others with different perspectives.