Location: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

I'm an ordained United Methodist minister no longer pastoring churches, a former media producer with skills ten years out of date, a writer trying to sell my first novel, and a sales associate keeping body and soul together working for the People's Republic of Corporate America. I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who was my best friend for 17 years before we married.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

On Sexuality

Research has shown that those who scream the loudest about homosexuality are the least secure in their own sexuality.

Maybe that's why I haven't addressed it here, at least not that I can remember.

Those who want to use the Bible to justify their anti-gay prejudice should be careful. Nowhere does the Bible explicitly condemn lesbian sex. For that matter, the Leviticus law does not forbid incest between a father and daughter. Funny thing, huh? At least I encountered that last observation in a mystery novel. I'll have to do further research on that before I start teaching my Old Testament class this fall.

The Leviticus law does condemn working on the Sabbath. How many of those who use the Old Testament to condemn homosexuality go shopping on Sunday? How many refuse to?

Marriage in the Bible was between one man and as many women as he could afford. Slavery was an accepted part of the world in which they lived, so no one in the Bible condemned that peculiar institution, either.

So be careful how you use--or misuse--the Bible. Remember Jesus: He said not one word about homosexuality in the Gospels. Instead he spoke verse after verse, chapter after chapter about money, and about the exploitation of the poor by the rich. I would like to keep the same perspective. After all, what would Jesus do?


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