Last night, I read a post on Facebook from John Shore pointing to this petition on change.org for Christians to standup and affirm that begin gay is no more immoral than being straight. I honestly love how John Shore stands up for his convictions. The world might be a better place if that happened instead of people looking down and compromising what they feel is right.
I think people should support John Shore on this. If you truly feel that there is no immorality difference between the two orientations, then by all means stand up and say so. I wish Mr. Shore would have quantified what morality system this was based on, but knowing his stance on issues and his previous writings, I would say it was based upon society’s standard and not that of the Bible.
This is where we get into a tricky issue. The Pew Forum has released new studies that show public opinion towards homosexuality is steadily changing to be for the idea instead of against it. This is a huge change for those who are gay and should indicate that one day public policy will in fact support their stance.
So what happens if you think it is wrong? Outside of being deemed a bigot or hate-mongerer that is.
I say you should be able to share your opinion. Not really should be able to, but you really need to share it. Not to oppress someone or deny them of any rights, but to get the conversation going as to why.
A recent movement, probably due to blogs and the ability of getting information and opinions out to the public with relative ease, is the analysis on if the Bible truly speaks out against homosexuality based on current understandings. The research is really pretty interesting and I can honestly see why some people are changing how they feel about homosexuality.
I did a previous post over the Bible and Homosexuality that you can read where I addressed the assumptions that when the bible spoke out against it, it simply meant sex with men who were temple prostitutes. I can see how a person would rationalize it that way, but the problem I am finding is the number of Christians who refuse to do the research on their own if they have questions. Why not read the sources and see if that makes sense or is there more to the story?
Christians are afraid of talking about their beliefs because it seems like they have no basis for them outside of what they were told to believe. How do you have faith in something that you cannot back up with something besides “so and so told me it was wrong.”
Be careful though, because if you speak up, you will be challenged. You will be asked why you want to deny someone equal rights to love or that you are being judgmental. It is always fun to see how someone will take other portions out of context to criticize and belittle you while accusing you of not understanding the context of the bible over this issue.