The ever-controversial central Auckland church
St-Matthew-in-the-City has raised a billboard saying "it's time for Jesus to come out."
The billboard depicts the Baby Jesus in his crib with a halo of rainbow colours.
Nelson says it presents the challenge to think about Jesus as fully human whose growing up would have involved the same range of character possibilities, and even sexuality, as the rest of us.
â€śSome scholars have tried to make the case that he might have been gay,â€ť Nelson says. â€śBut it is all conjecture. Maybe gay, maybe not. Does it matter?â€ť
Cardy asks what Jesus would have said about New Zealandâ€™s current debate on gay marriage. â€śThere is almost nothing in the record of his teachings about sexuality while there is plenty about the perils of being rich. Certainly he always supported the marginalised in society.â€ť
St-Matthew's is a GLBT-friendly Anglican church, and has a history of confronting billboards â€“ many of which have been vandalised.