My Recent Infatuation: Christianity and Homosexuality

July 10, 2011 § 4 Comments

Note: This post was inspired one night while watching Rachel Maddow. Someone told me they don’t like Maddow, not because of her anchoring and reporting skills but because she’s a lesbian. I kept it on the channel. After a brief argument, I switched it to C-Span and caught the end of Bill Clinton’s speech with Campus Progress. I was very confused, being that Clinton is an adulterer.

I’m a lover of all people. I’m a defender of human rights. We seem to only speak up for those who have a common interest with us.

I want to touch on everyone’s favorite subject: homosexuality.

My recent infatuation, if you want to call it that, with homosexuals and their lifestyle is weird. The topics most avoided should be discussed the most. When I have conversations with Christians about homosexuality, I get the usual response; abomination, going to hell, nasty, unnatural, and even worse things.

A lot of people have a misconception that I support the lifestyle or am justifying the lifestyle, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Or, that I love to attack Christians, which is also far from the truth. I have Christian roots. I’m around Christians 24/7. My dad is a pastor so I literally was born and raised in the church.

A point many Christians have missed is that homosexuals are human beings too. Despite what presidential hopeful, Minnesota Congresswoman Michell Bachmann, husband and campaign manager Marcus Bachmann calls them, “barbarians”, homosexuals are human beings too.

I digress, I admit.

OK. Homosexuals are human beings too. Which means they must and should be treated with the same respect and dignity as we would treat our brothers and sisters. The same.

Since we as human beings tend to put things in hierarchy, here is an excerpt from a popular passage,  Mark 12:28-31:

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

A Pharisee asked Jesus, “Which is the first commandment of all?” The first!

Another one in John 13:34-35:

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

So, these are two very, very clear verses, spoken by Jesus, on how to treat others. Now, ask yourselves, how do you treat homosexuals?

Do you continuously ostracize them?

Yes, I see it everyday. I see people over and over continue to veil their own hatred with the Bible. Everyday, I see people justify discrimination off of what God said. The Bible spoke against the lifestyle but Jesus said to love, to treat fairly, to treat with compassion, one another, as you would yourself. And you stand by, idle, as if none of this is a problem. You can’t stand idle! You stand idle because you disagree with the lifestyle. Disagreeing with the lifestyle is OK and acceptable, but you stand up for your fellow human being.

Why are we hesitant to vote for gay candidates? Why couldn’t homosexuals serve, openly, in the military? Just think, would Jesus deny a healing a sick, gay man? Or washing a lesbian’s feet?

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§ 4 Responses to My Recent Infatuation: Christianity and Homosexuality

  • Taylor says:

    First off, why do you continue to back down from supporting or justifying homosexuality? Im curious as to why you wouldnt support homosexuality?

    Secondly, there is a problem within your efforts to persuade people to treat homosexuals fairly. You identify the problem between christians and gays to be the fact that they deny gays are human. I know Bachman thinks we aren’t human but I wouldn’t say her opinion is representative of the christian society as a whole. Christians understand gays are human, the bible never says we arent human. Furthermore, at the base of your argument lies this idea that we are human beings and because we are human beings we deserve to be treated equally.I disagree, and I think you do to. The problem within that is, we don’t treat people equal solely because they are humans(think of murders, thiefs,etc). You see, Christians treat homosexuals different not because they dont think we are human but because they think we make a conscious choice to disobey god and commit a crime against christianity. My dad always relates homosexuals back to people who commit crimes (usually sexual crimes, like rape, molestation,etc.) and I think this is where the problem lays between gays and christians. If we are going to persuade christians to quit tormenting gays, we must first break down their classification of homosexuality as a crime. Good luck with that. lol

    What I would argue is that the bible is imperialistic, sexist, hypocritical( which you point out w/ your two quotes above) and oppressive thus we shouldn’t use it to determine what should be socially acceptable. The problem with taking my route on this issue is though its easy to point out how the bible is all of the things i mentioned above, people are indoctrinated into these christian beliefs. Indoctrination is a tough thing to beat my friend.

    Ive been working on a paper addressing the “crime of homosexuality” for 3 years now. I’ve done the research and simplified the explanations so that anyone can understand them, but im having trouble condensing my argument. Maybe with your new found infatuation, you could provide some help?

    • Mr. Bab says:

      My Christian roots make it hard for me to support it.

      I mean I know Christians don’t literally, at least I hope so, think gays aren’t human beings, but since they both ARE human beings, they should be treated fairly. Surely one can’t argue a homosexual is a human being.

      Yeah, I partially agree on the “…conscious choice to disobey god” part…but I’m not touching the “born this way” theory. Not today. Actually, I’ve touched on it a bit before.

      Wish I could think of the person, but during the civil rights era, an activist said, “We don’t want special rights, we only want to be treated like human beings.” This post isn’t touching the political side, but that’s another place where I draw the “human being” argument.

      I definitely know Bachmann isn’t a rep but I’m showing that some people actually think gays aren’t human beings and I’m poking fun at her and the whole campaign.

      Yeah, I’m interested in your paper, we should definitely get together. Thanks a lot for reading and commenting!

      • Not all Christians deny homosexuals are human beings, or even deny them their rights. I think that blanket statement, that generalization that all Christians disagree with the homosexual lifestyle or don’t think of homosexuals as humans, is damaging on both sides.

        I see the point of this article. It is really a plea to self-identified homosexual hating Christians to challenge their perceptions and the hypocrisy of their faith. How can you love your gay neighbor as yourself if you hate gays? One must chose between the hate of homosexuality or the love of humanity, human to human and I feel as thought that is what is article is asking readers to choose.

        Your hate or your love? Which is more chirstlike?

      • Mr. Bab says:

        The greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13.

        Thanks for reading and your insight!

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