I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think Kyle Howard’s current trajectory wasn’t at least to some extent comical — except, in reality, it’s immensely saddening. It is, because of his persistent and unsubstantiated claims of being a gang banger (which nobody knew about while he was in it) and his pursuit of a career in “racial trauma counseling.”
Howard, a mixed-ethnicity child of highly affluent parents in the suburbs of Atlanta and recent graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has made it his life mission to fight against all the “racial injustice” in the “White Church.” What racial injustice? You might ask. Well, you know, Donald Trump and stuff — the white man that stopped Howard from becoming a pastor and all. And that injustice of his wife not being able to walk alone on the campus of a Southern Baptist seminary around all those dangerous “white people.” That kind of stuff.
For all of this injustice, Howard offers his “racial trauma counseling” at no charge to those who can’t afford it. White people need not apply.
Now, Howard will be joining a lesbian to discuss not only racial trauma but apparently gay trauma too. This is where intersectionality comes into play. Whoever you can team up with to demean and castigate the straight, white male, go for it. Bridget Eileen describes herself as a “writer, speaker, and educator” who is “exploring biblical sexual ethics as a lesbian in the church.” Tonight at 7PM, Howard will be joining her for a live webinar to discuss “healing and recovery from spiritual abuse” — a topic she says is “particularly important” for “LGBTQ+ Christians,” “especially for those who remain in conservative denominations, often navigating atmospheres that are spiritually toxic for sexual and gender minorities.”
According to Eileen’s About page, her blog is “not a place where I hope to convince LGBT+ people to become celibate or to begin following a traditional sexual ethic,” and she respects “the right of LGBT+ Christians to search the Scriptures and come to their own informed conclusions about biblical sexual ethics.” She also encourages her readers to learn from a “diverse array of LGBT+ voices, whether they happen to be celibate or not,” so not to limit their “walk with the Lord.”
You see, the purpose of this isn’t to seek biblical guidance on dealing with sin and depravity while focusing on the gospel — it’s to affect change in the conservative Church and to turn conservative Christians into liberals.
There is nothing gospel about this. Kyle James Howard does not care about the gospel.