I’ve been pretty clear previously on my stance around issues of homosexuality. See one of my earlier posts on the subject here.
I continue to be outspoken. And I will not be silent. And I’m not alone.
So why do I choose to continue to speak out?
A 2009 book by Dr. Jack Rogers (Professor of Theology Emeritus at San Francisco Theological Seminary and Moderator of the 213th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church – U.S.A.) entitled Jesus, The Bible, and Homosexuality explores the same passages (and more) that I did in my previous post, and illustrates well the importance of speaking out. Dr. Rogers writes,
“The Bible is a drama of a good God who created a good world. A tragic fall into sin by the world’s people alienated them from God. But God would not leave these people alone.”
“Why do I remind you of what you know so well? The reason is that this perspective is often absent from the current debate about homosexuality in the church.”
And then he says it even more plainly.
“Most Christians have been told at one time or another that the Bible condemns all homosexual relationships. That view is simply incorrect. For hundreds of years the Bible has been used inappropriately to oppress people who are homosexual.”
I couldn’t agree more. And if we really want to live out the Christian faith, “to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free,” (from Luke 4:14-21 NLT) then is it really right to use our rich and sacred texts to beat people over the head and tell them that their very identity is against God?
To me, that is spiritual violence. And it’s un-Christian.
And before we argue on whether or not same-sex attraction is a choice… Not only does a great majority of scholarship agree that there is no choice involved, but even the Mormon Church doesn’t think it’s a choice!
Note: I get that I’m not Mormon, and I surely don’t agree with the Mormon Church that it’s ok to BE gay but not to ACT gay… But doesn’t this say something? Doesn’t it mean something that they understand that sexual identity is as much a choice as whether or not you’re left-handed or right-handed?
And an even more in-depth discussion of the verses used to condemn homosexuality can be found in the video here from Matthew Vines. Be warned that the video is long (a bit over an hour). And it’s worth it. Please watch.