Measured Against Reality

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Christian Vandals and Gay Rights

I think this photo pretty well summarizes the gay rights debate:

Of course, what religion actually practices what they preach about tolerance and acceptance and love? I don't recall hearing "Love thy neighbor, unless he's gay, an atheist, pro-choice, a Muslim, a democrat..." But what do I know, I'm just a godless heathen.

The article is really funny, because local church leaders say that the ad campaign is "built on false statements and distorted readings of scripture." But when was the last time they sacrificed animals or kept kosher? I bet they've broken nearly every damn rule in Leviticus. But those parts of scripture don't count, they're the silly metaphorical (by which I mean, "hard to obey") ones.

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  • This is beyond a stretch -- how in the world can someone declare that Matt 8:5-13 involves a "gay couple"!!?

    Vandalism is wrong, but I agree, this is probably an outright lie. In 2000 years of church history none of the saints taught that this passage inferred a homosexual relationship.

    Having said that, I do believe that God, in fact, does NOT hate gays, but I'd say that this billboard is misguided speculation at best -- an outright lie at worst.


    Matt 8
    5When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6"Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering."
    7Jesus said to him, "I will go and heal him."
    8The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
    10When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, "I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
    13Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! It will be done just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed at that very hour.

    By Blogger Jase, at 11:07 AM, April 25, 2007  

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