Same Bible, Different Verdict
NPR has an interesting article on the two very different Christian views that seek to use the same authority. That’s probably not a fair word to use since the left gives their bible little to no authority. What with all that evolving and conforming to the culture, it’s hard to have many authoritarian positions.
It’s true, says Carmen Fowler LaBerge: You can be a Christian and support same-sex marriage, but, she says, “nobody can say gay marriage is biblical. That’s just foolishness.”
LaBerge resigned her post as minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) after the denomination voted last year to ordain noncelibate gay clergy. She says the Bible is clear.
“From the Old Testament and throughout the New Testament, the only sexual relationships that are affirmed in scripture are those in the context of marriage between one man and one woman,” she says.
Actually, the Old Testament does condone polygamy. Still, LaBerge says, from Leviticus to Paul’s writings in Romans and First Corinthians, homosexual acts are called vile and detestable, and legalizing same-sex relationships does not change the sin.
Not so fast, says the Rev. Susan Russell, an Episcopal priest at All Saints Church in Pasadena, Calif. She takes her cues from Jesus.
“Jesus never said a single word about anything even remotely connected to homosexuality,” she says.
Nothing. Nada. Well, maybe sometimes, like in this pesky little section:
“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
Here is an interview of Rev. Russell where she talks about the conservatives in the church.
I think what it demonstrates is there is a small percentage of the radical conservative fringe for whom nothing but capitulation to their perspective is going to be enough and one of my questions to the church is how long are we going to continue hold our gospel imperative hostage to that kind of blackmail and bullying.
Yes, the GLBT gospel imperative is quite evident in that interview, don’t you think?
Isn’t it comforting to know the GLBT lobby will never use that bullying and blackmail stuff?
If you are a poll junkie, here’s the latest on the gay marriage thing.
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