How many people remember the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch? Probably not as well as the Good Samaritan, Zachaeus, the Last Supper or probably most stories. Certainly we don't tell it are readily as these.
Yet, perhaps we could say this is one of the massive stories of the gospels because it offers one of the broadest doorways into the kingdom simply through the baptism of one person, but look how many different groups this person represents:
1. He's Ethiopian. This is the gospel reaching Africa long before most of Europe became 'civilised', who in turn have enslaved Africa, stolen resources and imbalanced trade.
2. He's a Eunuch. He's someone whose sexuality places him on the edge of religion, not allowed to enter the Temple.
3. He's the Treasurer of the Palace. He's wealthy and a political mover, the same class that killed Jesus. Politicians weren't exactly flavour of the month after Jesus death.
And despite, or, given this is the kingdom, because of these things, he was baptised, he was given entry to the whole kingdom of God on equal standing with everyone else who is deemed 'normal' by the world. It is a beautiful story of affirmation, acceptance and the universal and unconditional love of God.
So why has the church (and why does the church still) get it SO wrong with sexuality and gender issues when it is right here, the very first person to be entrusted with the gospel beyond Israel.
Any generous hymns for such a time and story as this?