I was 13 and sitting in the basement of my childhood home in the Amish-laden countryside of Pennsylvania.
When I first came out gay in 1999, many gay Christians and queer scholars were asking, “Who is gay/lesbian in the Bible?” Some pointed to Jonathan and David. Others to Ruth and Naomi. There were rumors of a gay Roman Centurion.
Perhaps it is a bad idea to write about something that one feels needs to begin with a defense, but I’m going to do it anyway.
In seminary, I took a whole class on the Book of Job. It was taught by one of my favorite professors, who happens to be the expert on the subject, and what I remember most from our studies is how Job’s afflictions introduced him to the reality of chaos in the world.