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?