Today’s show begins with Chris’s memories of three LGBT networks that existed in evangelical institutions. These are not hearsay stories, the people involved remain nameless, but Chris knew them personally. Most troubling was the way these networks recruited new members and initiated them. In each case theology was twisted to provide justification for what was occurring.
The stories provide a basis for considering what is known as the “Lavender Mafia” in the Roman Catholic Church. For those unfamiliar with the term, “Lavender Mafia” is the name used by socially conservative Roman Catholics for a network of homosexual priests that many people believe exists in the Roman Catholic Church.
Chris then wonders aloud, “Is it unreasonable to suspect that something similar may exist in some places among evangelical clergy?”
This is a free-ranging discussion that includes reflections on some of the theological trends within evangelicalism and how those trends may serve these networks.
As a bonus–this show is the first one recorded on the new recording equipment. The guys are still learning how to use it, so hopefully the sound quality will improve with each episode going forward.