(also published under the title "Christians bash gay people with the same Bible that forbids clam chowder, tattoos, and crippled people getting into your church"
|This book is used to justify |
all kinds of discrimination
and hateful behavior
First, the book of Leviticus says that a man shall not lay with another man. There are many other things in Leviticus and they have traditionally been considered "as culturally not relevant to our time." Leviticus says, to name only a few, that the crippled and lame should not be allowed in the temple. The same book says that men should not shave their faces. It says that we should not wear diverse threads in our clothing. It says that men should not have tattoos.
|The same chapter also forbids|
lobster, tattoos and shaving
your beard. Is this really an
|God's Word says it is an abomination|
to let this man in your church. Yet,
churches wink at this Law.
Why are the wheel-chaired people allowed inside the church? Why do their husbands shave their faces?
|The constitution gets abused when|
states pass anti-gay amendments.
We The People...unless your gay
|This woman is obeying the Bible.|
After all, it is God's Word.
Hats are fun.
Paul said that the women should cover their heads and remain silent in the Church. Many preachers have taught that it is not culturally relevant and point to many examples of women's roles throughout the Bible. True that. Yet, Paul said what he said; therefore is it not then "the Word of God?" It seems convenient that the Church ignores Paul's writing when it comes to women. However, it is completely another matter when Paul said that homosexuals would not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. If the church can explain away the problem of women speaking in the church, then let us take a deeper look at the word homosexual found in Corinthians. In the original Greek, the word homosexual translated means "male prostitute in the Temple." I think it has something to do with defiling the Temple more than a statement against gay people. I do not think Paul was campaigning against gay men in general.
The Bible says that a man should marry instead of burning with lust. In America, 33 states have constitutional amendments that forbid marriage of homosexuals. They are forced to choose celibacy, or, fornicate. When homosexuals have sex, it is called sodomy and that too has been legislated against the law. It hurts everyone when leaders such as Jimmy Swaggart condemn gay people while he at the same time he has admitted to paying prostitutes.
|Lets be clear: Gay marriage|
does not lead to goat weddings
Abnormal behavior will occur when normal behavior is criminalized and condemned as abnormal. Nevertheless, those days are mostly long gone and are no more aberrant than straight people behaviors. What we do see is great Christian leaders preaching against gay people and then it turns out that they are gay. Read this story on so-called Bishop Eddie Long.
|Today's evangelical pastors|
use marketing and persuasion
to sell the idea that God is a
God of blessings; provided you
believe what the church teaches.
I agree with C.S. Lewis when he said that the homosexual has a cross to bear and that this cross might become the basis of his vocation or ministries. In any type of persecuted group of people, there often emerges works that are classical and offer great insights through art, writings and works of love. Surely, it is the condemnation of homosexuality that drove me to seek God. Moreover, in that process I discovered that God has loved me the whole time and never judged me. I judged myself and I let others judge me; but God has never judged me for being a homosexual. I am bound by the same laws of morality as anyone else; except that my behavior is criminalized by society. It is this cross-to-bear that forced me to understand God's Word when it came to the so-called condemning verses of the Bible that are used against me and against an entire class of God's children.
|If you cherry pick the Scriptures,|
then the Bible says this Clam Chowder
is an abomination to the Lord
|God said he loves all of us.|
If God said ALL, He means ALL.
|The Laws of Leviticus are no longer applied to people of faith|
|God loves a person whose heart|
is in the right place
My grandmother said that she felt gays had no choice in their sexuality and that they had to be born that way. She said that we should treat the gays with decency because... well, because gays are people too. In my view of the Bible, God Loves ALL. He saves those who turn to Him and He loves a contrite and repentant heart. Gays also have a contrite heart for God and He loves them.
Gay people are not an abomination anymore. Neither are the handicapped, the tatted, the poor, the widow or the stranger.