Take a Stand and Know Why You Believe What You Believe

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.

Jesus Died Why?

This is a quote that John Shore had posted on his Facebook account:

“Christ didn’t sacrifice himself on the cross so that everyone could start worrying about what everyone else was doing with the sexuality. He let himself be killed by hate so that we might at least begin to grasp how true it is that the only thing that ever matters is love.”

It is a great comment. Somewhat moving really. Inaccurate, but anymore that does not seem to matter to Christians.
Now this is not a post on homosexuality. I know Mr. Shore likes to spin scripture around so it makes it acceptable, but why spend my time attacking his view of scripture on that topic.
Several things bother me about his comment. First of all, the only thing that matter is not love. Sounds rather unchristian, but it is true. Let me get the second point out of the way and then back to the first.
Ok, so secondly, it gets old when we keep trying to tie sexuality with love like that. I love my mother, but I do not want a sexual relationship with her. I love my neighbors, but I do not desire to have sex with them. See how easy it is to try and defend a sexual orientation or desire with that great emotion of love, but not all love yields sex, so really that approach is in accurate and manipulative. If you want to have sex with someone of the same gender or someone in your family or a goat, give up the need to try and justify it with the love that Jesus commanded us to have for each other, because it just does not fit.
Since that is now out of the way, and trust me it has been bugging me all day, let’s get back to the statement that Jesus died so that I might be able to grasp the idea that love is the only thing that matters.
It is true that Jesus said the greatest commandment is to LOVE God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your mind. He second is to love your neighbors as yourself, but that still takes a back seat to the whole love God thing, so if God tells you something that needs to be done in obedience, it overrules the love your neighbor aspect. I keep drifting back to the second point.
So, why did Jesus die on the cross then?
There are many reasons really. He died as an act of obedience to the Father. He died because He took the punishment for mankind upon Himself so that man could once again be reunited with God in a personal and intimate way. He died so that the covenant with Abraham could be fulfilled. He died to atone for the sins of humanity. He died to fulfill the master plan of God. I could keep going, but the main reason He died was because despite our flaws and wickedness, God loves us and wants His children to be with Him.
There is a love there, but it is a love that we will never fully understand in this life. Love matters, but it is God’s love. Not an imperfect love that we struggle to give out, but the perfect love that we can only experience and will never be worthy of.