I’d like to start this article by going on record publicly to say I support homosexuality and same sex marriage. Those who stopped reading at the end of that sentence will be missing out. For those of you who are still reading I say thank you and please continue to read with an open mind. Homosexuality and same sex marriage are two of the (if not the) most divisive issues of our modern times. When I entered my PhD program I knew that I wanted to focus my dissertation on homosexuality from a Christian perspective. What I found in my research, however, was astonishing to say the least. I’m working on publishing my research so I can’t write too much in this article, but I wanted to give a brief summary of my findings. The truth is literally trying to burst out of me and I can’t wait to have my research published for the world to see. But for now here are 4 reasons Christians are wrong about homosexuality and same sex marriage.
It’s been discussed ad nauseaum throughout this site. The IFB (and many other Christians) are guilty of judgmentalism in many areas. In the same vein I’d ask, What gives Christians the right and/or power to judge people for homosexuality – or anything for that matter? In fact we are told the opposite. We aren’t to judge people period! (Matthew 7:5). In all my research and studies I couldn’t find one single reason for this seeming unbalanced focus on homosexuality and same sex marriage. To ignore the rampant gossip, gluttony, greed, manipulation/control, lying, pride and materialism (just to name a few) throughout the church, and focus on/bring attention to homosexuality is nothing short of prejudice.
That’s right I said it… Prejudice!!! Have we learned nothing from history? Christians have manipulated scriptures to justify the selective discrimination against cultural minorities, women, sexual minorities and many others. I say it’s time to stop the insanity and recognize that the tendency to ascribe a hierarchy to “sin” (the Christian word for homosexuality, not mine) is prejudice and not supported by scriptures. As such, I refuse to judge someone (even label someone) because on their sexual orientation.
As I discussed in the mental health article, the IFB (and many other Christians) have this skewed idea that certain issues are problematic for us because we “choose” to behave or act a certain way. The ludicrous idea that mental health problems (especially mood related disorders) are the result of sin and people who struggle with such things as depression, anxiety, etc. just aren’t spiritual enough or have somehow fallen out of favor with God is rampant and fundamentally flawed. Unfortunately this same logic is applied to homosexuality. There seems to be a convenient and willful ignorance among the IFB and Christianity in general related to an entire host of reasons for same sex attraction that have nothing to do with spirituality or choice. These include such things as biological influences, physiological influences, psychosocial influences, environmental influences, genetic variations, and many more. This issue is much more complex than the typical Christian realizes. I’ve learned through my research that this issue of homosexuality is not a choice or decision that people make (for the most part) and I believe it’s a sin to over-spiritualize homosexuality and neglect findings in science. Just because scientific findings aren’t found in scripture doesn’t mean that they aren’t relevant or important.
4. Scriptural manipulation
I also believe that to marginalize homosexuals because of their sexual orientation is harmful and I would even say abusive. Spiritual abuse literally has no bounds and many charismatic and/or authoritative Christian leaders have manipulated scriptures to advance an anti-homosexual and anti-gay marriage agenda on both the spiritual and political front. My research has taken me through biblical exegesis of this issue in its entirety and I have found a severe and paralyzing lack of scriptural evidence for these anti-homosexual stances (at least when proper biblical exegesis is applied). Many of the scriptures used to argue against homosexuality have been twisted and pulled out of context to fit this agenda. It’s wrong and abusive and manipulative. I can’t write much more about scriptures because I’m trying to publish my research, but suffice it to say that for every scriptural argument against homosexuality I have a scriptural counter. Those who use scripture to support their anti-homosexual agenda have severely misunderstood, misinterpreted and misapplied scriptures and I have the research to prove it. I’m sorry to leave this as a bit of a cliff hanger, but I just can’t go into details at this time.
So there you have it. 4 reasons Christians are wrong about homosexuality and same sex marriage. There’s more… lots more, but that information will come in time. Please stay tuned… and thanks for reading.
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