This work is obviously a piece of dark comedy, but like so many good jokes, its humor is based in reality. We Christians need to be careful about how we use language to express our views to the world. People are affected by the things we say. In the case of too many LGBTQ people, our words have led to suffering and death. How many have closed their eyes for the last time, believing that God would hate and reject them no matter what they did?
Obviously, most liberal Christians reject outright the kind of language and biblical hermeneutics I used in my previous post. They’ve come to believe that the old interpretations of the Bible are wrong and no longer apply. These people are the ones advocating for a revision of our churches’ marriage and ordination policies to make room for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.
There are also many moderate evangelicals who likewise shun the kind of abusive rhetoric used by hate groups like Westboro Baptist. These moderate evangelicals tend to maintain what they call a “traditional” view of marriage between one man and one woman, but they are also angered by fundamentalists who major on the minors and shove their views down other people’s throats. These folks are mainly interested in introducing their neighbors to a thoughtful and compassionate version of the Christian faith that helps them grow in their relationship with God.
My challenge to these moderates is to examine the language they use in expressing their views. To the ears of outsiders, even a moderate defense of heteronormativity sounds like hate speech. Even more importantly, I urge them to stop and listen to the real experiences of LGBTQ people. I believe that personal relationships are the primary means through which God reaches and changes our hearts. If you care enough to speak about these issues, I urge you to speak from the place of relationship. Let this “issue” become more than an issue: let it take on a name and a face.
No matter what our respective theological, political, or sexual orientations may be, we must remember that the Christian’s first call is to walk through this world like Jesus did. As Desmond Tutu is fond of saying:
We are the hands and feet of Christ in the world. God only has us. God believes in us.
There is only one legitimate spiritual orientation, and that is Love.
Here’s a book worth reading on the subject, no matter what your “position” is:
As a baptized, ordained, practicing, Bible-reading, Spirit-filled, Jesus-loving Christian, I just have to say how sick and tired I am of these straight-marriage activists spreading their heterosexual agenda all over my church and country!
Their sinful, detestable practices are unbiblical and unnatural in the eyes of science and God. It may not be “politically correct” to say so these days, but I refuse to “tolerate” these perverts and their lies anymore…
Don’t take my word for it, here is what the BIBLE says:
After God made Adam and Eve, they had three sons: Cain, Abel, and Seth. No daughters. Yet is specifically says that Cain got married to a woman. Did you know that Cain, the first murderer, was a STRAIGHT? Heterosexuality and murder have gone hand-in-hand since the earliest days of the human race.
What’s even worse is that Cain got married to a woman even though the Bible very clearly states that there were no human women (other than his mother) in existence at that time. The conclusion is inescapable: Cain married an ANIMAL. Heterosexual marriage sits at the top of a slippery slope that leads directly to bestiality.
Not only that, but the Bible tells us how Lamech, an early descendant of Cain the hetero and murderer, took two wives and was a very violent person. Elsewhere in the Bible, there are other flagrant, unrepentant heteros like Abraham, David, and Solomon who have multiple wives. Judah, another heterosexual pervert, impregnates a prostitute who turns out to be his own daughter-in-law! Here again, we see the Bible clearly showing how sin begets sin and straight-marriage leads directly to POLYGAMY and FORNICATION.
In the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, the Bible is VERY clear in its condemnation of the heterosexual lifestyle. While the men of Sodom were at his door, Abraham’s nephew Lot (another known heterosexual) offers his virgin daughters to be raped. After Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, Lot’s daughters, burning with heterosexual lust, get their father DRUNK and have SEX with him so that they will get pregnant. The Bible is crystal clear on this point as well: Heterosexuality leads to drunkenness and INCEST. That’s what these straight-marriage activists are pushing for. DON’T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT!!!
The Old Testament book of Leviticus spends significantly more time condemning straight sex than it does dealing with sexual activity between people of the same gender. Therefore, heterosexuality is obviously a far bigger problem in the eyes of God.
The most direct and clear condemnation of heterosexuality can be found in Leviticus 19:19 –
“Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.” (Lev. 19:19, KJV)
God gave us an orderly and organized universe, therefore he is offended by different kinds of things mixing together. If God went to such lengths to condemn the mixing of different cattle, seeds, and fabrics, why wouldn’t he also condemn the mixing of genders and their bodily fluids? Do you think God would be so foolish as to overlook something that big? Obviously not. The meaning of this verse is clear: God never intended for people of different genders to mix sexually.
Jesus never had a bad thing to say about same-sex relationships. He obviously didn’t consider them to be much of a problem. But he had quite a bit to say about the sin of heterosexuality! In his Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus tells us that even those who secretly harbor heterosexual tendencies are in danger of burning in hell:
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
If the heterosexual orientation is so “normal”, as straight-marriage activists claim it is, then why is there no evidence that Jesus ever married a woman? If the Son of God thought it was worth avoiding, then Christians should too.
1 Corinthians 7
The apostle Paul stated very clearly in his first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 7, verse 1: “It is good for a man not to touch a woman.” This is his first condemnation of heterosexuality, but he doesn’t stop there. In verse 27, he advises young men to “seek not a wife.” He tells us why in verses 33-34: Paul says that a married person “careth for the things that are of the world” whereas an unmarried person “careth for the things that belong to the Lord.” Once again, the Bible is clear in stating that heterosexual marriage puts people into a spiritually compromised position.
Don’t get me wrong in all this: I don’t hate straight people. I love them as Jesus commanded me to. I live in a part of town that has a rather large heterosexual population. There’s even a straight couple that lives down the block from me. In fact, one of my very best friends is straight, so I can’t be heterophobic. I’m no bigot; I’m just a Bible-believing Christian who follows what the Word of God says, and the Bible is quite clear in its message that heterosexuality is less than God’s best for human beings.
My heart breaks when I see the youth of our nation getting sucked into a heterosexual lifestyle without knowing the clear and present danger that lurks there! The mainstream media refuses to talk about this, but I have come to believe, through prayer and the study of Genesis 3, that God has sent the plague of pregnancy among the human race as punishment for the sin of heterosexuality. Pregnancy and childbirth was one of the leading causes of death for women throughout history. Recent medical advances have lessened that probability, but they can’t erase the fact that heterosexuality is still a SIN.
Statistics and medical data clearly show that people are more likely to get pregnant from straight sex than they are from sexual activity shared with a partner of the same gender. Why would the numbers be so dramatically higher for straight folks unless GOD was trying to send us a message?
The message is clear: REPENT of your heterosexual perversion and turn back to God’s plan for your life!
Go find a good church that preaches what the Bible REALLY says about heterosexuality. You can tell them by the rainbow flags hanging outside. You can also find them by looking for words like:
More Light (Presbyterian)
Open & Affirming (United Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, or Baptist)
This is a free country, so I don’t mind sharing it with straight people, so long as they don’t flaunt it in public. Whatever sins they commit behind closed doors is between them and God. But I have a big problem with the way these straight-marriage advocates push their unbiblical heterosexual agenda in the media and the government. Did you know that some of them are even trying to get LAWS passed that FORCE you to marry people of the opposite gender?! Some of these sick hetero perverts have even set up RE-EDUCATION CAMPS that brainwash kids and adults into accepting their agenda! Before long, these fanatics will even be doing away with the separation of church & state in order to FORCE pastors and churches to marry ONLY straight people.
This is my country too and I WANT IT BACK!
Remember to get out and VOTE!
Only you can stop this heterosexual menace from conquering America!
Hell has frozen over. Someone outside the Presbyterian Church has shone an interest in our polity. Apparently, they’ve now made movies on every other conceivable subject known to humankind. We’re down at the very bottom of the list, right after that thrilling expose on the mating habits of slugs.
Seriously though, this is a documentary, made by a non-Presbyterian, about LGBTQ people pursuing ordained ministry in our denomination. My wife tells me that one of the subjects was a seminary classmate of a friend of ours. Small world? Nah, just a small denomination.
They’re looking for financial help to complete post-production. You can learn more about supporting the film by clicking here: http://www.outoforderdoc.com/
It’s a reflection written by a pastor in my denomination who I have come to deeply respect. On two very public occasions, she went beyond the letter of the law in order to incarnate the spirit behind it:
The first was when she officiated at the wedding of two women, even though our denomination’s polity does not yet provide for that function.
The second was when she willingly stepped down as Vice Moderator of our General Assembly, even though she had been duly nominated and elected to that position.
Tara has earned my admiration.
This is her story in her own words:
Here is the rub and the theological bankruptcy I feel I am “pastoring” in. I am not permitted to order worship and celebrate the love of God in the covenant of marriage for the same folk whom I have baptized, confirmed, served communion, and even ordained as pastors. There is a gross error in how we as pastors and congregations are then honoring the whole child of God whom we have started with in baptism.