A trio of openly homosexual singer/musicians who performs as "Micah's Rule" is making a splash on the Christian worship music scene, and the groups says there are many more like them singing in churches as well as performing in well-known artists' groups around the world who haven't come out yet.
The group has sprung from its home church, Wilmington's St. Jude Metropolitan Community Church in North Carolina.
What exactly does a gay praise band sing about? In one song, "Walk the Road," they sing:
"Sometimes you just have to be the one to set your own self free ... what matters isn't what you're told. But how you walk the road."
Compared to Scripture, these lyrics are quite blasphemous. Galatians 5:13: "You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love."
Of course, progressive Christians are celebrating the band's breaking of barriers. According to the ultra-liberal Huffington Post, Greg McCaw, Chasity Scott and Mary Anne Hewett "don't want their sexuality to define them." Says McCaw:
"It's just our back story, plain and simple, but we're not using that as a marketing tool for our music, positively or negatively. We want to be a musical group like any other, but we realize our back story will get out."
McCaw says there are many people who are gay in the music industry in Nashville, "but they're so far in the closet." He himself was the bass singer for many popular Christian musicians including Sandi Patty, Bill and Gloria Gaither and the Gatlin Brothers for 22 years. He also served as a Church of God pastor for more than 25 years in five states.
How far reaching is their music and their message? Just in their own home church, member Marcia Morgan believes their music has attracted more people to the church. Another St. Jude's member Sherry Tucker Henderson bought copies for everyone in her family for Christmas.
"I listen to it day and night," she said as she was driving to Florida on a trip. Henderson packed 35 more Micah's Rule CDs to take to churches there. "It's a message I think everyone needs to hear."