The Bible is full of stories.Â Â Today,Â our takeÂ on the stories probablyÂ is different than the authors intended.Â Â Stories work that way–people take away different things.Â That’s why they work so well.
Politics is about story telling as well.Â Watch as the next presidential candidates step forward.Â You will see, while they say things about policy, a large partÂ of their messages will beÂ stories.Â
They will tell stories of how they came to be successful in spite of great obstacles.Â Any candidate who passes up the chance to tell such stories and, instead,Â focus’ on programs and policy only willÂ disappear.
The story telling part of politics is why equal treatment of gays and gay marriageÂ is making progress and why conservative opposition to them isÂ not.Â Advocates for gay rights have stories.
Suppose a churchÂ Board is meeting about whether to accept gays as equals in membershipÂ and clergy.Â There is discussion about what the Bible does or does not mean, morals, hell and all the usual stuff.
One of the church’s most prominent ladies, a member for several decades, slowly rises to speak.Â “My granddaughter, Becky, is a lesbian.Â She is a child of God.Â SheÂ cares for the sick, is raising a child, loves her partner and is a charished person in my life.Â I won’t stand here and take these insults toÂ her and her friends. Let’s vote on it right here and now.”Â Â
Opponents can quote from the Bible, but advocatesÂ have theÂ stories.