Another Blog on Homosexuality…
May 16, 2008
I was browsing the internet today and I came upon a blog that was centered around California’s Supreme Court ruling to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage. Needless to say, there were a number of posts that condemned homosexuals and the society that affirms them. There were, of course, no legal reasons given for why homosexuals shouldn’t marry. But there was an overflow of religious rhetoric from Sodom and Gommorah to the Pauline letters. After I read all that I could stomach, I wrote a response that you can read below:
I find it interesting how people cling to the Bible and accuse others that they are choosing to distort the Word of God, yet they don’t adhere to the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation. If one is going to be a literalist, then one must take EVERY scripture literally. If one believes that homosexuality is an abomination and should be avoided like the plague because of scripture then one must also adhere entirely to these scriptures:
And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you (Lev. 11:10)
The carcases of every beast which divideth the hoof, and is not clovenfooted, nor cheweth the cud, are unclean unto you: every one that toucheth them shall be unclean (Lev. 11:26)
Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard. Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD (Lev. 19:27)
Ye shall keep my statutes… thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee (Lev. 19:19)
And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death. (Lev. 14:16)
These are a FEW of the laws in Leviticus alone that are no longer taken literally today. For those non-King James readers, basically it is an abomination to eat shellfish, unclean to eat pork and beef, a sin to shave and get tattoos and punishable by death to curse. There are hundreds of other laws in the Bible that I could pull out that society no longer views as relevant.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion concerning homosexuality. However, in order for one’s opinion to have any validity, there must be consistency. If you believe in the Law, follow it. It becomes disrespectful to God, not to mention the Jewish community, to use the law for the purpose of condemnation. Even Jesus said,
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.” (Matt. 23:13)
God did not create humankind to see if we could follow a rulebook. God sent us to perpetuate the very existence of God: Love. While we are sitting in the comfort of our homes debating on whether my lifestyle is right or wrong, there are children dying. There are homeless people in our own neighborhoods. The ultimate commandment is to love the LORD our God with all are heart, mind, soul and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. It is not our place to say what is desirable in the sight of God. It is our place to love unconditionally.
If you’re a literalist, praise God for you. If not, praise God for you. The important thing is to remain consistent with your belief and to always remember why Christ came and suffered. Not for us to argue about who’s right and who’s wrong, but to love without condition.