If we truly believe that the Bible condemns homosexuality then of course we would not want our children to be gay or lesbian. I get that! But why in God’s name, if we are so sure that this is God’s opinion on the matter, do we continue to condone so many other facets of scripture that carry the same supposed punishment? Cursing your parents, marrying someone who is not a virgin, a betrothed woman who does not cry out while being raped, children who refuse to obey their parents (what if their parents want them to do something illegal or submit to incest and rape?), these are all punishable by death according to the Bible (read out of context). Look at this list and tell me, you think all of these are still valid? How many reading this think homosexuality is a sin “because the Bible says so” and yet got married and was not a virgin at the time?
The Bible condones slavery, but we know better now, don’t we? The Bible understood mental illness as demon possession, but we know better, don’t we? Anyone who wants to use a Bible as a weapon to suppress and deny the gay and lesbian population, must by extension still support slavery and inequality for women.
Written by Rev. Dee Lundberg of Casper. She’s great, and I commend her for this.