This stop sign is for real; it’s a few blocks from my house. Lately, it leaves me wondering. I wonder if President Obama will gain or lose votes for his recent public support of same-sex marriage. I wonder if Mitt Romney will gain or lose support for the revelation that fifty years ago he led the charge in bullying a gay student at the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, MI, (2012-2013 tuition, room and board for grades 9-12, $38,900/year).
I wonder about other things too, things seemingly unrelated to the volatile topic of homosexuality in America. I wonder . . .
1. How many people still believe the Bible’s claim that the world is flat, flat as a sheet of paper, so flat that it literally has four corners?
2. How many people still believe the Bible’s claim that the earth is a firm and immovable object above which all the objects in the sky move?
3. How many people still believe the Bible’s claim that a husband with multiple wives and concubines on the side is not necessarily deviating from God’s way?
4. How many people still believe the Bible’s claim that owning human beings as slaves is acceptable to God?
5. How many people still believe the Bible’s claim that if a son shows disrespect for his father, stoning the boy to death is a God-sanctioned punishment?
6. How many people still believe the Bible’s claim that when we go to war against another nation, it’s God’s will that we slaughter every man, woman, child, and unborn fetus of the enemy?
I wonder how many people who answered “I don’t” to all the previous questions would answer “I do” to this: How many people still believe the Bible’s claim that homosexuality is an abomination? Surprisingly many still do, even if they don’t believe 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
When it comes to homosexuality, the biblical writers got it wrong — wrong as a flat earth occupying the center of the universe is wrong; just as wrong as polygamy, slavery, killing disobedient children, and wiping out innocent citizens.
That’s not a judgment on the biblical mindset; it’s just that the biblical mind (even one as sharp as St. Paul’s) didn’t know what we know today about loving, same-sex relationships; didn’t know what we know today about the role of biological determinants regarding human sexuality. They just didn’t know.
The workers who meticulously built my wood frame house in 1911 were wonderfully skilled craftsmen; they just didn’t know nor could they possibly foresee the need to insulate my exterior wall cavities and attic. Their lack of knowledge about such things doesn’t diminish my admiration for their artistry.
When will we grow beyond our condemnation of homosexuals? When will we STOP HOMOPHOBIA? And why does it seem churches are among the last to change their thinking?
End of sermon . . . I mean, blog.
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