The top of the list of issues for Evangelicals to bemoan, scream about, protest, preach against and generally fuss about is homosexuality and same-sex marriage. To hear their spin on it, the LGBT community is trying to take over society, infiltrating our schools and even our churches, in order to propagate their agenda.
Ah, yes…the “gay agenda”. Not entirely sure this is a real thing, folks. As I understand it, that very phrase was made up by some preacher, somewhere. If there is any agenda, it is to get what all citizens have…fair job opportunities, a voice and dignity as citizens. They are not seeking to take over the country or force everyone to be gay. Homosexuality is not a promotion for bestiality, pedophilia or the demise, dissolution or mockery of (heterosexual) marriage. Basically, the LGBT folks just want to live their lives, in peace, as citizens.
I am finding out that some things are not really as they have been made out to be. There are “clobber scriptures” and clever axioms that are used to prove how “big” a sin homosexuality is. Through this, I have come to find that a few of the verses and phrases people use have nothing to do with homosexuality and are sometimes not even logical.
A few highlighted, here.
Sodom and Gomorrah
It has been said that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality. This is based on the one account where the men threatened to rape the two (apparently) male visitors. Well, not really.
First, God had already decided to destroy the cities long before that incident.
Second, in Ezekiel, it is pointed out that God destroyed these two cities because of greed and selfishness.
That incident, as crass and nasty as it was, is no indicator of rampant homosexuality in the two cities. There are men, who are heterosexual, who would debase their instincts to animal level and use sex as a dominance maneuver, even if it is just a matter of “smack-talk”. This is what dogs do…they sometimes “hump” another dog in order to assert their dominance. Such actions in humans is disgusting and debased, but not necessarily indicative of homosexuality.
There are some verses using these very words, which many lump homosexuality into. Each one I looked into, the language used mostly refers to adultery, not homosexuality. To lump homosexuality in with sexual immorality, as per scriptural definition, is to add in something extra to scripture.
Interesting note…adultery is dealt with in scripture nearly 10 times as much as homosexuality.
“Gay Marriage Makes a Mockery of Marriage”
No. It does not.
What does make a mockery of marriage? Well, adultery and other sexual improprieties within the Church mirror the rest of society. Also, some hotels have reported that the most orders for pornography occur during Christian conferences.
Let’s also consider the patriarchal, “male-centric” pattern in much of the Church, placing men as lords and masters, first and final decision makers and wives are to be subservient (not what submissive means, by the way).
Same sex marriage does not make a mockery of marriage. Many Christians, who tout their moral and family values, have done just fine making a mockery of marriage.
I could go on with other “clobber scriptures” and cite some preacher quotes. I would rather get back to the core of Whose we are and who we are supposed to be.
First, I want to be clear and as respectful as possible…I do not believe that homosexuality is God’s design for a personal/sexual relationship. However, I do not believe we should demand they change, abandon their relationships or legislate them not to marry. The main reason Christians demand these things is to make themselves more comfortable.
Side note: Gays in the military does not have any negative bearing on the military. I served with many gay men aboard a ship. They were hard working, decent guys who served their country, very well. They did not try to flirt or convert anyone toward “their way”. They were sailors, as much as anyone else.
Love at the Core
Love is – should be – the core of our speech, our reactions, our motivations, our demeanor and how we approach people. Protesting one or two groups of people for what we disagree with about them or what we do, communicates more about hate and legalism than it does the Gospel.
“Oh, but it says we should speak the truth in love.”
When we steamroll a person with how sinful we say they are, this is not speaking the truth in love. When we tell someone how wrong they are and how right we are (this is actually what is heard), we are not speaking in love, at all.
Let’s just get back to Who Jesus is…how He talked to people of all walks of life. He would never talk to people the way so many Christians do. Many among us have completely overlooked Jesus and have embraced legalism. They have gone so far as to basically make up – apart from any scripture – the rules and doctrines they shout about.
Love your neighbor. No if’s, and’s or but’s. No speeches, corrections or warnings.
Maybe, instead of pounding the drum of how people need to “get right” with Jesus, we should go forward and simply present the Gospel in the manner He presented Himself and His Gospel.