I know I’m starting something with this one, welp…here goes…
The school of public opinion has vehemently denied the acceptance and tolerance of homosexuality, and it has been denounced as disgusting, ungodly and the supposed homosexuals have been named all sorts of unprintables. Others have been accepting, despite having opposing personal feelings about it. Most people live and die by some verses in Bible and unquestionably use them as backing for their beliefs. My question is this, does it really matter if someone is gay or not?
Does anyone’s sexual orientation or the choice of who they bed have any real effect on any other person’s life at the end of the day? I know those who are against the idea will quote Leviticus 18:22, “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is detestable.” as well as Leviticus 20:33, “If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with a man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense.” I respect your opinion, however, I have to question it.
I will start by saying, the Bible is a collection of books and had a lot of authors, which makes it a ‘Bible’ since ‘ta biblia’ means a collection of books (source). So you can imagine, it’s really a collection of personal and political agendas and different interpretations and spins of how God operates in the world. That being said, we have to be very aware that the words in Leviticus were not the words of God, they were the opinions of priests that came together to write a book on instructions after agreeing on what they thought works or doesnt work. Jesus never said a word about the condemnation of homosexuality or on the subject, period. He did speak a lot on loving one another, not judging one another and on accepting each other as God has accepted us.
The interesting thing to note is that, those that oppose homosexuality and the ones that support it, fight each other using the sword. Abraham Lincoln in his Second Inaugural Address (Saturday, March 4, 1865) famously said, “both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each involves His aid against the other.” Slave owners believed God supported slavery and believed slavery was very well part of God’s social and moral plan. There are hundreds of verses in the bible that actually support slavery, believe it or not. Click here for the whole list. Fast forward to today, slavery was abolished, despite all that Biblical evidence supporting it. Preachers abolishing slavery preached that the Bible verses supporting slavery were a reflection of cultural and times in which the Bible was written and were not an endorsement of slavery by God. In light of that move to abolish slavery despite the Bible supposedly supporting it, why can we not do the same and be more tolerating of homosexuality despite the less than ten verses that oppose it? Is denouncing homosexuality using the Bible, not the same as supporting slavery using that same Bible?
It this age of such hatred towards homosexuality, we have seen a lot of incidents related to individuals’ fears of ‘coming out’. There have been several young people who have committed suicide because of the backlash such as Tyler Clementi and Jadin Bell pictured above, there are hundreds of cases of ‘corrective rape’ attacks that take place in Africa, to supposedly turn gay people straight. There are a lot of human rights violations that gay individuals have gone through, such as being denied health privileges, services or just basic courtesy because of their sexual orientation. Renowned journalist, Violet Gonda, spoke with GALZ on the travesty, listen here. Such unacceptable has also hatched the trend of being ‘down low’, where homosexuals, for fear of backlash, enter into relationships with straight individuals, to throw everyone else off, while they continue to carry out secret homosexual relationships. This then breeds a health problem, namely the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, which is not fair on the parties involved. In the case of NFL free agent, Kerry Rhodes, he recently denied being gay after pictures of him and his supposed lover were distributed online. He denied it and his lover then went on to go on record and speak of their relationship. Full details here.
There might be hope in the future maybe. The NFL recently spoke about encouraging some of its gay players to come out as a way to encourage the acceptance of homosexuality in sports. WNBA First Pick, Brittney Griner, made that move today by coming out as a lesbian and encouraged others to “not be afraid of who you are”. South Africa recently saw the celebration of its first gay wedding of Cameron and Thoba and there was an outpouring of support, as well as a lot of denouncing as well.
We might have a friend, workmate, relative or even child who is gay and I hope that there are encouraged to be proud of who they are, and to those that froth at the mouth at the mere mention of the word gay, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7, 1-5, words straight from Jesus….just sayin!!