My friend Eddie posted this link on his Facebook page: Is Evangelical Christianity Having a Great Gay Awakening? Here’s my thoughts for what it is worth.
I am a lot like the author of this article. I know several gay people and many of them are Christians. When my first friend came out about 15 years ago, I was shocked. As an evangelical pastor who believed that you couldn’t be both gay and Christian it was a tough dilemma. Here was a guy that I admired for his spiritual life and commitment. How could he be gay? Well at that point my friend was trying to “change” since he also didn’t think he could be gay and Christian. This was really sad looking back on it and for the next few years he tried to navigate his sexuality and Christianity and have it all make sense. As a friend, I was right there with him all the way.
Eventually my friend realized he couldn’t repress his attractions and met someone and they’ve been together for several years now. To my knowledge he finally came to a place where he admitted that regardless of what the Bible says, he believes God made him and his attractions and is capable of figuring it all out. So that’s pretty much where I landed.
You see, I have a problem with the gay-friendly Christian crowd that is trying so damn hard to make the Bible ok with gay people. That’s the wrong approach. I like what Jay Bakker says here in the article:
“The simple fact is that Old Testament references in Leviticus do treat homosexuality as a sin … a capital offense even,” Bakker writes. “But before you say, ‘I told you so,’ consider this: Eating shellfish, cutting your sideburns and getting tattoos were equally prohibited by ancient religious law.
“The truth is that the Bible endorses all sorts of attitudes and behaviors that we find unacceptable (and illegal) today and decries others that we recognize as no big deal….
Leviticus prohibits interracial marriage, endorses slavery and forbids women to wear trousers. Deuteronomy calls for brides who are found not to be virgins to be stoned to death, and for adulterers to be summarily executed.
“The church has always been late,” Bakker told me in an interview this week. “We were late on slavery. We were late on civil rights. And now we’re late on this.”
If Bakker would have stopped there, I would have been on board. But then he takes it a step further and this is where he and the rest lose me.
Examining the original Greek words translated as “homosexual” and “homosexuality” in three New Testament passages, Bakker (and others) conclude that the original words have been translated inaccurately in modern English.
What we read as “homosexuals” and “homosexuality” actually refers to male prostitutes and the men who hire them. The passages address prostitution — sex as a commodity — and not same-sex, consensual relationships, he says.
Aaaaarrrggghhhhh!!!! You are arguing against yourself Jay. You are still trying to find a way to make homosexuality acceptable in the eyes of those evangelicals that you disdain for their views that it is not. Why?
If the church has, as you say, become acceptable of so many things that once were forbidden and also denounces behaviors it once endorsed then why make homosexuality any different. It seems you are saying that the church has evolved in all these areas, but in homosexuality arena they need textual proof that the Bible does not condemn gay relationships.
Why can’t we just agree that homosexuality was a sin in the Bible because of the culture of that time. The writers of the Bible still didn’t know that the earth was round, how can we think they might understand all there was to know about human sexuality. As we’ve grown in our understanding of so many things, we now know that the Bible was wrong as it has been on many other matters.
Homosexuality was a sin in Biblical times. Let’s just say it and stop trying to make it ok for those who haven’t grown up yet.