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Biblical Law, American Law, and the Debate Over Gay Marriage

1 Jun

It seems inevitable, whenever I read a Christian perspective on Gay Marriage that God’s Law will be invoked.  It’s usually invoked with a “slam dunk” sort of statement.  You know, that “God’s Law clearly states homosexuality as a sin” sort of argument.  Since homosexuality is clearly stated as a sin in God’s Law, then Gay marriage should be off the table.  You can see an example of this type of discussion here.

But there is a problem with this argument, even from a Biblical viewpoint….let me explain.

Biblical Pick ‘N’ Pull

There is a  problem with invoking God’s Law as support for issues of American Law.  First off, there’s the constitutional issue of religious neutrality.  Most Christians skirt this issue without much thought, so I won’t waste my time on that one.

The main problem for arguing that God’s Law should apply to American Law, is that according to God’s Law, you are required to follow every jot and tittle.  Not just the laws that you like.

So in the case of homosexuality, it is most clearly condemned in the book of Leviticus.  I have seen it referred to many times when Christians discuss Gay marriage.  But here’s the rub.  Leviticus clearly condemns homosexuality as an abomination, deserving of death by stoning.  Do Christians really want to apply the full force of Biblical Law  to American Law?  If not, than why not?

To be fair, some Christians do think we should be executing Gays…but it seems most Christians adopt a much lesser version of disapproval.  Most invoke a type of “love the sinner, hate the sin” type of ethos and would never dream of actually killing Gays.  They say God will take care of that in the afterlife, if they don’t repent.

The other issue, is one of consistency.  What about other laws in the Bible ?  Shouldn’t they be regarded as well? Leviticus 19:37  says ‘Keep all my decrees and all my laws and follow them. I am the Lord.’ If we are to be consistent, then we are obligated to follow all of God’s law, not just the ones that support arguments against Gay marriage.

Here’s just a few…

Men can not clip their sideburns  (I guess Elvis was on to something)

No one can ever consume pork or shellfish (There goes the roadside diner)

No one can work on the Sabbath (Oh, and the penalty for this is death)

Children who curse their parents are to be stoned ( Stoned with rocks, not weed…)

Rapists are to be punished, by forcing them to pay the victims dowry and marry their victim (don’t think this is the type of Biblical courtship that most women have in mind)

I could go on with a couple dozen more verses that I suspect, very few Christians would actually want as American Law.  If you don’t believe me, go check out the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, and then get back to me.

All or Nothing

It seems to me the scriptures are clear.  You can not apply a pick n pull approach.  Either you obey all of the law or none at all.  You can not argue that God’s Law should apply and then make exceptions that do not suit you.  That’s why I find it intellectually lazy when Christians do so.

It’s all or nothing…and I find that most Christians would rather be called pagans than be forced to obey all of God’s Law.  As the New Testament declares, the law was a burden that neither they nor their forefathers could bear.

If this is the case, then why should homosexuals be forced to obey God’s law?

Ain’t No Homos Gonna Make it to Heaven…..

30 May

Just saw this over at The Huffington Post.  I just don’t even know what to say…


Apology to the Homosexual Community

11 May

Dear Friend

I want to apologize for my homophobia.  For the fact, that I used to believe that you were an abomination; worthy of death and Eternal Hell because of your sexual orientation.

I don’t want justify myself for my horrific opinions, but I’ll try to explain why I feel the need to apologize.

First off, I’m a heterosexual.  I knew from eight years old on, that I wanted nothing more than to fall in love with a girl, get married, and raise a family.  In fourth grade I was ridiculed when our teacher asked in circle time what we wanted to do when we grow up.  I said I wanted to get married.  The whole class erupted in laughter, but my teacher (who was not the most gentle of persons) chastised the class and told me that she admired my future ambition.

As for being aware of same-sex attraction, I didn’t become aware of the idea until high school.  And then, it was just a joke to call someone Gay or Fag.  We all thought it was just a big joke-I mean, in our minds, who would ever want to have sexual relations with someone of the same-sex?  I just couldn’t even comprehend the idea, so I dismissed it.

The only other time I ever heard about same-sex attraction, was at church.  It was always with solemn warnings that God hated this sort of behavior. In the Old Testament, God hated it so much that he commanded anyone caught in same-sex relations to be executed.  Since I was taught to always trust the Bible as the inerrant word of God, I thought the matter was black and white.  Case closed…

At college, I met and became friends with young men who were openly homosexual.  At first, I was really cautious, because I assumed that they might be attracted to me.  I also worried that others might see me with my “Gay” friends and assume I was a homosexual.  I’m ashamed to admit, that I thought I was being so “radical for Jesus” or “loving the sinner while hating the sin” because I would take the time to relate to my new friends.

I used to believe that AIDS was Divine punishment of homosexual activity. I repeated this after having heard some Dr., with an English accent, teach on the subject at my local Calvary Chapel.

Back on campus, I was telling a friend about the good Doctor’s teaching on homosexuality and AIDS.  One of my classmates blurted out that we should just “take a baseball bat and smash in their heads”.  I saw the hurt slowly come across my friends faces, who were only a few feet away in Freshman Choir.  I’m sorry, I should have said more than I did….I was a coward and somewhat confused.  Why would you want to hurt someone who was Gay…but then again, God wanted to hurt them too!?  I was confused…and it was easier to push it away then to wrestle with the issue.

Even in the New Testament, the writers would regularly condemn those “homosexual dogs” and those who “lie with a man as a woman” and vice versa.  Homosexuality was on the same list as liars and drunks.   I instinctively chose the Bible over the very good and decent people who were being verbally assaulted.  For that, I am sorry.

I’m sorry for all the pain you’ve endured.

I’m sorry for the condescending sneers you’ve received by classmates, teachers, employers, and preachers.

I’m sorry that I judged you, because you were not like me.

I’m sorry for the shame and condemnation that has been showered on you by Christians and the Christian Church.

I’m sorry that I bought into political narratives that demonized you as monsters and public enemies.

I’m sorry that it took me so long to care about you as people.

I’m sorry that I saw you as a sub category of people, that had forfeited their rights by “choosing” to be homosexual.

I’m sorry that I thought your sexual orientation was wrong and sinful.