Whether we like it or not, majority of Christians are still against same-sex relationships and don’t want to embrace homosexuality. And although this debate has been dividing mankind for centuries, there were some people who stood up for their belief that according to the Bible, Christians should love the LGBT community and allow them to have a relationship.
I recently read an article about Matthew Vines, an openly-gay Christian speaker and book author. At the age of 19, he revealed his being homosexual in public. He spent his next four years in doing research on what the Bible says about homosexuality. I also found a separate set of similar point of views via a lengthy essay by a certain Anthony Ashford.
I am not a Bible expert, but after I read and understood both articles, I decided to summarize them to enumerate the ten (10) reasons why Christians should embrace gays and lesbians and same-sex relationships, as mentioned in the Bible. Make sure you read them with an open mind.
#10 Judging the LGBT community is against the teachings of Jesus Christ
Vines, who authored the book “God and the Gay Christian,’ cited Jesus Christ’s ‘Sermon on the Mount’ Bible verse (Matthew 7:!8) that says,”A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” Jesus Christ also said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” (Matthew 7:1). Therefore, the Christian Church is doing the exact opposite.
#9 Misinterpreting the “Adam and Eve” concept
While it is true that the Bible says that God created Eve as a “companion” of Adam, it does not necessarily mean that gays and lesbians should live alone for the rest of their lives. If only man and woman are allowed to be married, then it’s like saying that Jesus Christ is discriminating them. On the contrary, it is the only the Christian Church that is against it.
#8 The term “homosexuality” does not exist in all the translations of the Bible
As an example, the King James version says in Leviticus 18:22 that “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” On the other hand, the New Living translation says,”Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.” Now, do the two translations have the same meaning? Be the judge.
#7 The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is not about same-sex relationships
The story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah as mentioned in Genesis 19 is being used by many Catholic priests and Christian pastors as God’s way of disapproving homosexuality. But if you read and understand it carefully, God destroyed the two cities because of the sins committed by the residents, not because they are homosexuals.
#6 The Book of Leviticus does not prohibits homosexual love
Leviticus 18 prohibits incest but not homosexual love. But if you insist in obeying the entire Book of Leviticus, you should also know that there around 76 rules that Christians should follow. This includes not tearing your clothes, not cutting your hair, not eating animals with four legs, which many Christians don’t follow because they are part of the Old Testament.
#5 The Bible condemns sexual lust, but it is an advocate of love
You don’t have to read the entire Bible to know that it is an advocate of love, but strongly condemns sexual lust. Besides being against prostitution and incest, the Bible also teaches people to stay loyal to their husbands and wives. Sad to say, it is only in this modern times that ants-gay bible scholars have included that “homosexuality is a sin.”
#4 Celibacy is by choice, not a law
As the Catholic Church declares that priests and nuns should not get married, you cannot find any Bible verse that clearly bans them from getting married. Well, Jesus Christ himself was said to have practiced celibacy, but it doesn’t follow that everyone who is serving God should not marry. Therefore, gay and lesbian Christian leaders should also be allowed to marry.
#3 The Bible welcomes change as a sign of progress
Matthew 5: 7 reads, “Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” This Bible verse alone tells us that we should welcome change, and that we should forget some of our old customs.
#2 There are gay and lesbian couples mentioned in the Bible
Yes, Catholic priests and Christian pastors might not have mentioned this to you But if you will read the story of King David and Samuel (particularly 1 Samuel 18) carefully, you might also conclude that the they had a bromance relationship. And for lesbian couples, there is Ruth and Naomi. To know about them more, read verses, Ruth 1: 14, Ruth 1: 16-17 and Ruth 4: 15.
#1 Jesus Christ himself supports gays and lesbians
I saw you raised your eyebrows, so let Luke 4:18 be clear to you. As the New International Version (NIV) states that Jesus Christ said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners…to set the oppressed free.” Now, aren’t gays and lesbians also oppressed?
Yes, I am a Christian and I believe that God promotes love in any form. I am also a citizen who supports equality for all. I am not gay, but I understand how it feels to be discriminated. And yes, I’m happy to hear that some Filipino Christian groups are now opening their doors to gay and lesbian members, as this will help make our world a better place to live in.
The opinion above was submitted to us by a certain Roy from Makati. He describes himself as a happily married man with five children, who are neither gays or lesbians.
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