While some Christians are refusing to bake cakes for gay weddings, the LGBT community—and its allies—can savor the ultimate irony. Christians overcame prejudice once before, too. Apparently, many of them today have forgotten about it. Below are six things about Jesus' followers in ancient Rome that will probably sound strangely familiar to the LGBT community. (Christians might want to review them, too.)
1. Not every Christian was in to drama.
2. Early Christians were called hurtful names, too.
3. They also lived in the closet.
4. Political milestones were important to them....
5. ...Allies were also helpful.
6. Christians didn't have to "convert" everyone to win greater rights.
That's history everyone should know.
Douglas Boin is the author of Coming Out Christian in the Roman World: How the Followers of Jesus Made a Place in Caesar's Empire, now available from Bloomsbury Press. He is an assistant professor of history at Saint Louis University.