Ask any LGBTQ person where they feel most uncomfortable, most judged, and least loved, they invariably say that it is at church and around religious people. As the pastor of a church, Robert Williams is heartbroken by that reality. Jesus would not reject, judge, and condemn LGBTQ people. He loves them and expects his followers to do the same.It was Jesus, after all, who said, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone." It was Jesus who touched the outcasts and welcomed all varieties of sinners to join him at his table. It was Jesus who leveled the playing field by calling all people to repentance, teaching that no one is a greater or worse sinner than others, and that no sinner is beyond his mercy. By examining the gospels and considering the narrative story of the Bible, a clear picture of how Jesus responds to LGBTQ people emerges. It is a picture of loving embrace. Jesus loves everyone, and LGBTQ people are no exception. If Jesus loves gay people, then those who follow him should do not less.
In addition to being one of the seven, original Zap Comix contributors, Robert Williams's influence on alternative art is immeasurable. From his endeavors to broaden the possibilities for young artists to gain exposure sprang the well-known art chronicle, Juxtapoz magazine. He is the subject of a recent documentary, Mr. Bitchin'. He lives in Chatsworth, CA with his wife Suzanne.