TODAY I’M READING.
I’ve got a tough topic to write about. Homosexuality and the Christian faith.
I’ll read what the Bible says about homosexuality—a word some in the gay Christian community says wasn’t around in Bible times and wasn’t invented until 1892. That’s the first known usage, according to Mr. Webster, the Word Guy.
I’m also going to read what a variety of Christians have to say about the topic.
Some Christians will latch onto Bible verses that gay Christians call the “clobber passages” and swing them like a hammer.
It’ll leave a mark.
Other Christians will say that something is amiss because the clobber passages don’t line up with either science or our personal observations.
Clobber passages describe same-sex lovemaking as “perversion,” “twisted,” “shameful” (Romans 1:27, God’s Word; NIRV; NLT).
Many gay Christians read a different context into these passages. Some don’t read them at all, figuring the Bible writers weren’t paddling with both oars when they sailed down this particular canal.
I’m also going to be reading the gay take on the Bible passages that seem to talk about homosexuality. I think people interested in the Bible and Christianity would like some honest reporting on the matter, from all sides of the debate.
At the moment I’m wondering how to process something a gay Christian woman wrote me yesterday:
I have learned that those stubbornly ensconced in their argument of the infallible word of God…will never budge on their positions. This is when I appeal to love and Love Divine. Put down the book that you would use to hurt me. Look into my eyes and now tell me that you would have me scorned, bullied, discriminated against, medically tortured, and separated from my beloved and even murdered in the name of your god’s love.
Now who is the pervert?
In the end, Love trumps all arguments that clearly favor injustice of any kind.
If theology were a poker game—and listening to some theologians bluffing, I occasionally think it is—would love trump the clobber verses?