Warning: This thing is all over the damn place and I am not trying to make friends.
I believe in God. Big G.
And I wrote this whole long post which starts to outline where I am in faith as of now. But it’s not the point. There’s a lot of reasons why I write the below, and a lot of reasons why my mind may change in twenty years, but here’s where I am, and “it is what it is”, as the kids say.
In my belief of a God, possibly the one of the Abrahamic Christian faith, I have to ask myself if I believe in the Bible (which I have read and studied, somewhat thoroughly, though by no means exhaustively over the last 10 years)? Let’s say this– I don’t not believe in the Bible. I’m not 100% sold on the current interpretations. But I’m (being perfectly, shamefully, honest here) too lazy to learn ancient Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic and archaic Roman, so as to comprehensively understand the full meaning and context of the original texts that comprise the Bible. I’m willing to bet that 90% of the Christians I know are in the same boat. But beyond all that, if God is real, I can’t believe He’s the one that hates gay people. I can’t believe that Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness and Self Control embodied hates homosexuals and thinks homosexuality is an abomination. It doesn’t makes sense.
With that being the case, I can’t say I agree or disagree with the full interpretation of Romans 1:27. What I can say, as a person who lives in this our modern world and has studied a good amount of the ancient one in which the words of Romans 1:27 and its surrounding verses first appeared, is that possibly, it’s being used as a way to shame and oppress people who have as much validity and holiness to their lives as everyone else. …
…. I started writing this whole historical exploration of sexuality in Rome during the Empire, when Paul wrote Romans, as sort of a think piece on Romans. Highlights include the fact that it was mostly about Christians who abandoned the faith and became idol worshippers who were boinking pagan temple priests… But then it felt a little pedantic and beside the point, because no matter of historical context or reasoning will get through to the people I’m frustrated with. The whole point of having a blog is some lame sense of self expression, I suppose, so here’s the whole point of me writing, what I really wanted to say: Shut. Up.
“Christians” who are pissed about gay marriage being legalized in America. Just shut up. “Christians” who are “broken hearted” for America— this is what has you sad?! Seriously? Not the completely counter-Biblical exploitation of the under privileged or the hunger epidemic, or police, governmental and corporate corruption, or racism, or the subjugation and brutalization of women, all of which is RAMPANT in America.
What has you grieving for our nation is that two women or two men who love each other deeply, have committed to each other wholly, and accept each other unconditionally can get married now? All of that, btw, being consistent with the Biblical message of marriage. How about if they were abstinent til marriage? Is it the “out of wedlock” that has you so sad/miffed? Or is it that they have the same physical parts?
And all of you who “have gay friends”- do you “grieve” for them in their “misdirection”… do you act this out towards them face to face? Or do you shun them? Or worse, are you their friends to their face and then when you get home, or when you’re by yourself at your desk, post this ignorant, facile message on your Facebook?
Shut up about Romans 1:27! If you believe it is God’s law, then shouldn’t you also believe it is God’s problem. If you really believe, shouldn’t you also believe that God has more ju-ju than the SCOTUS? The US is 21ST in the world to legalize gay marriage. TWENTY-FIRST. If the Big G was so pissed at the fact that male humans and women humans (not to mention several species of animals that God created) are bumping their synonymous uglies, don’t you think God could have handled that situation already? Like say, when men were serially raping each other and the visitors to their towns of Soddom and Gomorrah, which, btw, is why the towns were destroyed. Not the gays. The rapists. Lot, btw, later boned his daughters. Nothing condemning in the texts there, we’re just supposed to get from the text that you shouldn’t drink to much, or sometimes you commit incest…
Before you post something about how sad you are because of the willful turning from God, or whatever phrasing you’ve come up with to cushion your blows, here’s some more verses for you:
1 Corinthians 11: 27-32: So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world.
People in the church were getting wasted and feasting while others starved, or struggled with alcoholism. Those verses were an exhortation to Christians to examine themselves carefully before taking communion, to search out whether they were doing it with a pure heart. The verses warn that Christians who act out their “Christian duties” without thinking through the true meaning of Jesus’s message are calling judgement on themselves, and that judgement is God’s to enact.
If you are concerned with the world, with what’s happening in it, first think about why you’re concerned and how you’re concerned, and think about how you’re really supposed to act, and then get off of Facebook and go pray about it. And then better still, go do something actually productive to help America is its areas of real failure and spiritual decay.
What you’re doing is helping no one, least of all God.