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Gay Condemnation and Rape

Monday, April 6, 2009


The mindset of many Christians is to condemn every gay and lesbian simply because they are members of the group labeled homosexual. Yet condemning every member of a group is as foolish and off-base as condemning everyone who is heterosexual (based on the sinful activity of a few).

For example, scripture records several heterosexual rapes - (1) Genesis 34:1-2, (2) Judges 19:24-25, 20:5, (3) 2 Samuel 13:1-2, 11-14 - yet we do not conclude that all heterosexual intimate partnerships are wrong based on three Bible passages about rape.

Just so, scripture depicts the men of Sodom attempting to rape angels and scripture forbids same sex activity in the context of worshiping Molech and Ashtoreth the Canaanite fertility goddess, Lev 18:22 & 20:13.

Yet it is wrong to conclude based on Bible verses about attempted rape in Sodom and pagan idolatry, that all homosexual committed partnerships are wrong.

When we affirm committed, faithful, non-cultic same sex partnerships, we are not affirming attempted rape or pagan worship of the Canaanite fertility goddess or prostitution or drunkenness.

Heterosexuals engage in abominable public sexual activity during Mardi Gras in New Orleans and on spring break in cities around the world yet no one assumes that affirming heterosexuality implies affirmation of sinful celebration of Mardi Gras and spring break.

When we affirm committed, faithful, non-cultic same sex partnerships, that in no way implies that we affirm any sin prohibited in scripture, rightly divided.

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DKFarrell said...

I agree with you but the reason that many Christians don't see the parallel is that they view any and all homosexual acts as sin. Yes they realize that heterosexuals sin but they don't paint that wide brush because they don't view being heterosexual or all heterosexual acts as sin, but they do see all homosexual acts as sin. Until we can get people to actually study the scriptures for themselves and to be led by the Holy Spirit and stop letting James Dobson and Pat Robertson do their studying, thinking, and vocalizing for them things are gonna relatively stay the same, I am afraid.

Rick Brentlinger said...

Good point David. Its frustrating to be condemned because of belonging to a group, completely apart from one's personal behavior and morality.

When Christians regard all homosexuals as "the other" and condemn us wholesale without any scriptural basis for their condemnation, that is a dangerous and foolish situation.

Rick Brentlinger

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