Well, sort of.
Lets be CLEAR: As a Christian, I DON’T endorse homosexuality. I believe it to be WRONG and a perversion of what God intended intimacy to be between two people. Now before you click away because you think I plopped a cognitively dissonant and provocative title to just solicit blog traffic, stay your mouse hand! I admit I was going for shock value. Heck, I’ll even go as far to say I was being purposely misleading.
This post is not a defense of homosexuality. It’s a criticism of many Christians’ attitudes and behavior in regards to homosexuality, but the wording there doesn’t have the same ring or effect that the chosen title emits. Again, I contend homosexuality as 100 percent sinful, but I feel many Christians hold it in such low esteem, they act as if it’s the deadliest of sins.
The Christian fact of the matter is that all sin is deadly. As Paul succinctly puts it, “For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23). No matter how deplorable or slight, only one sin is enough to merit damnation. Thinking impure thoughts occasionally and committing genocide with a grin ultimately leads to the same hellish place. This isn’t to say some sins aren’t worse than others. Murder intuitively is more egregious than lying. However, this truth doesn’t automatically put gay people on some especially dishonorable fast track to Hell as some Christian fundamentalists proclaim they are. “It’s an abomination!” they yell, but so is every sin.
It’s a shame fundies are also so fixated on the Old Testament. They are obsessed with the whole fire-and-brimstone, God’s wrath and the Pentateuchal Smite Report like it’s SportsCenter. They love the bad news yet forget the Good News. Via the grace achieved in Jesus’ death and resurrection, all sin is forgiven, including homosexuality. I’m far from an expert on interpreting the Bible, but I think understanding it comprehensively seems preferable than having your head stuck in what I call the ass of the Old Testament.
Fundies also seem to conveniently forget the notion of total depravity, which is the doctrine that all men are inherently sinful. We are born imperfect. We possess a proclivity for violence and hearts steeped in hate. Jealousy, vengeance, lust are all a part of our trade. Even the “righteous” Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church is susceptible. Shocker.
Jesus famously pointed out “‘if any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone.'” (John 8:9). Hence, no one has the moral high ground to cast rocks, judgment and whatnot. Racking and stacking individuals as “good people” or “bad people” is useless and especially petty when compared to God’s perfection. Whatever our hierarchy, our differences are ultimately negligible as God ranks at 100 and Mother Theresa boasts an impressive 7.6 X 10 ^ -54.
So what does this mean for Christians in practice? We ought to treat gays as we would want to be treated. They are still people. We ought not discriminate against them based on one sin. If we do, why don’t we apply the same stigma to other sexual sins? Why don’t we as a society ostracize the men who habitually are unfaithful to their wives or all the couples who engage in premarital sex? What makes those sins so less heinous? Better yet, what about the liar, the gossiper or the drunk? The truth is EVERYBODY has a vice that is ugly.
Gays ought not be defined solely through the lens of their sin either. The fact Ellen Degeneres is a lesbian has nothing to do with her value as a comedian. Honestly, I like her because she is witty and doesn’t resort to sexuality constantly in her comedy. My opinion would not change either if she was heterosexual. Her sexual orientation is irrelevant to whether the fact she is funny.
So seriously my fellow Christian brothers and sisters stop drinking the haterade,