Defense to shallow “anti-gay” pronouncements being put out by churches.
Marriage. Many conservative Bible believers are beside themselves about the prospect that marriage norms and laws are changing, but let me tell you a secret about most Bible believers. Most don’t actually read their Bibles. And most don’t know the history of “traditional” marriage. It is nothing to admire. 90 per cent of history reveals women to be nothing more than property and the lack of rights that go with it.
If people read all of the Bible they would know that the biblical model of sex and marriage has little to do with the one they so loudly defend (one man & one woman). Marriage in the Bible includes rape, incest, master-slave sexual relations, captive virgins, and more. Given these horrendously exploitive marriages and our recent knowledge of LGBT orientation, it stands to reason that Jesus would bless same-sex marriage as it exploits no one (other than some people’s long held perceptions) and honors love.
Homosexuality. Context is everything. It is imperative to know that gay orientation was not known until the 1800’s. It was not known in biblical times and therefore could not have been referred to. The bible refers only to same-sex acts and not of orientation. What kind of acts? Examples include straight male gang rape of angels, abusive relationships with temple prostitutes, idol worship, pederasty (pedophilia), rape of slaves, excess lust by straight people, and even rapes of conquered foes. Scripture not once introduces the idea of love between persons. This is very different than the expression of love in an LGBT relationship which harms no one.
The culture. Some pastors claim that the Bible stands on its own and should not be influenced by the culture. This would be a wonderful statement if it were true. The fact is Christianity has repeatedly changed with the times. Changes include the geocentricity of the earth, the abolition of slavery, civil rights, and the women’s right to vote, work, and hold positions in the church.
Inclusion. Gay orientation is not a choice and is not a sin. Yet pastors continue to grant LGBT’s second class status by not allowing them to serve in church positions, by refusing to honor their right to marry, and condemning them in forming lasting bonds and expressions thereof with those they are attracted to. This resigns LGBT’s to a lonely second-class prison of loneliness. It is utterly devastating. This clearly reflects legalism (wrongly interpreted) and in no way reflects the heart of Christ who reflected the epitome of inclusiveness.
Golden Rule. Christians are called to love our neighbor as ourselves. We are told to love others and God. We are called to do unto others as we would have done to us. We are clearly told not to pass judjment on others (Romans 2:1).
Great Commission. Spreading the gospel to the far ends of the earth cannot be accomplished if we are quarantining LGBT’s in our churches and condemning them – no matter how polite we think we are. People will not go where they are not wanted. Chasing LGBT’s from our church inflicts wounds both in the now and the hereafter. It must stop.
We love by advocating for our neighbors the same rights that we would not have taken away from us. The acid test for most pastors and Christians is when a family member comes out as gay. This often serves as an inflection point as we would never treat family the same way we treat the many nameless and faceless LGBT’s we don’t know. It would be unthinkable.