I saw an article that Yahoo!News was promoting from the HuffPost. It linked to this tweet about Rep. Ted Lieu (D-HI) and his speech regarding what Jesus had to say about homosexuality. To spare you the lost minute of your time, Jesus didn’t mention homosexuality in any of the gospels. It’s possible that he might have addressed it, but it wasn’t written down. Who knows? But Lieu’s Mic Drop moment doesn’t quite sit with me the way a bunch of LGBTALPHABETSOUP enablers does.
Given the context of Christ’s other preaching, I’m thinking he wouldn’t actually approve of homosexuality. There were a lot of things he changed, but it wasn’t so we could go about committing any offense we wished to.
The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” she said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” John 8:3-11
Now, perhaps it’s just me, but that doesn’t sound like anything goes. That sounds a lot more like quit doing bad things, but go and live your life.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:17-20
Hmm, that doesn’t sound like anything goes either. In fact, that sounds like it would be resounding stop leading kids into sin than anything else.
“Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.” Matthew 15:17-20
To my understanding, that passage is about contrasting the sinful nature of man, in doing what pleases man rather than God, versus doing what pleases God even though it may not be to the exact ritualistic steps laid out.
If you’re not a Christian, that’s OK. But trying to corrupt other Christians is not. Jesus seemed quite clear on forgiving our neighbors and continue to live our lives. But to also not continue making the bad judgements that go against God’s word because we find doing our own thing is more enjoyable than what God wishes us to do. Just because Jesus didn’t specifically call out homosexuality, though he did speak against sexual immorality, doesn’t mean he would condone it.