Jesus and Gay Marriage

Let’s get something straight. The message of Jesus was one of compassion, love, and inclusivity. It was not the message of division, lies, exclusion that the Republican Party tries to make it out to be. The issue of gay marriage provides particular insight.

I do not believe for one second that Jesus would want homosexuals to be relegated to second-class citizen status simply because of their sexual orientation. Would Jesus think that homosexuality as expressed in a committed, monogamous relationship is a sin? Maybe, maybe not. While we don’t know his views on this for certain, we can look at how he dealt with the second-class citizens of his time to get an idea. Did he run away from prostitutes and tax collectors? Did he exclude them from his love and grace because they were “sinners?” No, he didn’t. He welcomed them, as they were, into his fellowship. They had full membership in his inner circle. And he didn’t say, “First you have to quit collecting taxes or quit being a prostitute before I will welcome you.” He welcomed them, fully, as they were. Their decisions to give up tax collecting and prostitution were their own decisions, not ones that Jesus’ imposed on them or forced them to make. Looking at this example, I believe that Jesus would have fully welcomed practicing homosexuals into his community. He would not force them to change or give up their homosexuality first. Maybe, later, they would choose to give up their homosexuality (if homosexuality is a choice…I believe research shows otherwise), but I don’t believe Jesus would have made that a prerequisite for being in his community.

Denying homosexuals the right to get married and to experience all the legal benefits of married couples (being able to visit their spouse in the hospital, being able to file a joint tax return, being able to reap the benefits of their spouse’s life insurance policy) is discrimination based on sexual orientation. And the Gospel accounts reveal that Jesus never would have supported discrimination of any form.

5 Responses

  1. You said it right. I would also add, that an organization with 51% divorce rate as well as an organization that rents out its chapels for use by people not sharing its religious beliefs, should shut its trap on the sanctity of marriage.

  2. What a stretch of the truth!

    Of course Jesus Christ would view “homosexuality as expressed in a committed, monogamous relationship” as a sin. Even a light study of the Bible will reveal many instances where Christ and His prophets and apostles preached against homosexuality:

    “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:26-27

    If you need an explanation on that scripture, let me know.

    “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.” Mark 10:6-8

    If you recall the story of the woman taken in adultery, Jesus did not just absolve her of all consequences of her sin. True, He did not, and does not, turn away any person who desires to come unto Him. However, if there is a person in need of repentance, His charge today is just as His charge was to the woman taken in adultery: “Go, and sin no more” (John 8:11).

  3. The way I read it, homosexuality in the Bible does not take the form of monogamous, committed relationships. When the Bible talks about the sin of homosexuality, I see it in the same way that the Bible talks about the sin of adultery. And just because adultery is wrong, that doesn’t mean that monogamous, committed heterosexual relationships are wrong. So just because homosexual trysts are wrong, that doesn’t necessarily mean that monogamous, committed homosexual relationships are wrong. We’re all entitled to read and interpret the Bible differently. No one can claim to have the “one, true” interpretation of the Bible. We’re all reading it from our own lenses and the lenses of the culture we’re born into.

  4. And that is exactly what God does not want. There are not multiple interpretations of the Bible, only one: God’s interpretation.

    Fortunately for us, God has called prophets and apostles to again guide His church in these very days. Without His servants, we would be lost, as illustrated by the many different assumptions there are about what is written in the Bible.

    The only relationship that will last into the heavens beyond is the relationship of a man and a woman, married by the power of God.

  5. Are you suggesting that your interpretation is God’s interpretation? And I really don’t recall seeing anything in the Bible that says that a heterosexual marriage will last into the heavens. Everything that I’ve read says that nothing is the same in the resurrection. Mark 12:24-25: “Jesus said to them, “Is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.”

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