Monday, July 03, 2006

Christians are being gay

There is a divisive issue causing a major fault line to develop within the Episcopalian Church. Some believe that this issue threatens to separate this normally accepting Church into two camps.

(Pictured below) Rev. David R. Anderson met with parishioners at St. Luke's Parish in Darien, Conn., to discuss the future of the church.

Six traditionalist dioceses and some individual parishes announced plans to break from the Episcopal Church because they could not live with a church that permits an openly gay bishop and ceremonies for same-sex unions.

In an opposing move, the Diocese of Newark named an openly gay priest as a candidate for its bishop, defying a plea for restraint just passed by a vote of the bishops and delegates at the Episcopal Church's triennial convention.

This would not be the first time that Anglicans had approved a gay bishop. On August 6th 2003 Gene Robinson was confirmed as the bishop of New Hampshire. Back then, that got a lot people’s panties in a bunch.

A lot of opposition churchgoers point to the Old Testament verse from Leviticus 20:13.

In the American Standard Version, (1901) it reads like this:

"And if a man lie with mankind, as with womankind, both of them have committed abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."

In the Living Bible it goes something like this:

"The penalty for homosexual acts is death to both parties. They have brought it upon themselves."

The Living Bible really cuts through the shit … eh?

Pictured above is the hanging of two homosexual men taking place in Iran.

Over the last few centuries, most Christians and Jews have rejected Leviticus 20:13. They no longer call on the death penalty for homosexuals. Only Christian Reconstructionists and a few Christian hate groups wish to revert to mass executions of gays and lesbians today.

What most moderate Christians will now say is, “Homosexuality is a sin. It's no better or worse than any other sin.”

If that is really true, then perhaps some might want to reread John 8:7

“... He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone ...”

I am a straight guy. I also believe in almost all of what Jesus Christ taught his disciples. My parents named me after the disciple Peter. (Peter means "The Rock" ladies) In Greek, the word for rock is petra, which means a large, massive ... anyway ... I digress.

With that said, I have never wanted to be a part of the organized Christian Church. The reason for this is that I have never found a greater source of self righteous, judgmental, hypocritical morons in my entire life. Not all ... but a lot of “Christians” look down on single mothers, homosexuals, drug users, prostitutes, criminals, etc. They sit in judgment, and never look at their own backyard. (Excuse the pun)

If you really closely read the bible (New Testament), Christ was anything but judgmental. He embraced everyone, because he knew that everyone of us had flaws of some kind. Even conservative Christians believe that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute, and she was Jesus’ main lady.

I don’t pretend to know what God thinks about the issue of homosexuality. What I am fairly sure about is that Jesus taught people to love one another despite the many shortcomings we all have. Included in this list would be the act of being hypercritical and hypocritical.

Perhaps some Christians should reread Matthew 7:1-5

"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull the mote out of thine eye; and behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother's eye."

What can we really expect, when George Bush is running our country. This is a guy who claims to be a "real" Christian. Remarkably, he thinks the divisive subject of gay marriage is more important to debate than our four year involvement in the Iraq War.

Somehow I don’t think Jesus Christ would have carried a fully automatic assault rife, carpet bombed any country, or condoned the development of a nuclear bunker buster bomb.

(The above link is an important one)


Blogger the fourth person said...

i do so love the way people pick and choose the parts of Leviticus they want to hold up. If we were held to ALL the standards leviticus demands, we'd all be dead.
'Some' Christians are so unchristian.

if we are not to lie with men, then i guess we'll have to remain standing.

ps: I notice that the Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals. Now, I wouldn't infer from this that God doesn't love heterosexuals. Maybe they just need more supervision.

5:31 PM  
Blogger LaineyWorld said...

Thanks for the chuckle, Fourth. And the mote and the beam in the eyes? I really wanna be around to see what my ole pagan hating pal, Pat Robertson gets. On another note, Peter...the Rock, huh? As the Church Lady would say, "Isnt that special?" ;D

8:25 PM  
Blogger KleoPatra said...

The Torah ("Old Testament") is open to interpretation, this is why there is the Talmud and only completely closed-minded Jews (and the Christians who followed) would feel that those who are homosexual are "an abomination."

Whatever. Such bullshit.

That hanging photo makes me want to puke, hate and cry.

9:42 PM  
Blogger dusty said...

This is my favorite biblical quote for the self-righteous asshats on the religious right:

"Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

For some shuts them the hell up...seriously..they never come back after I use it on them.

Great writing Peter..I really did love this one. And the explanation of your name..priceless dear :)

10:25 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

I must admit I am a big fan of the Jimmy Carter type of Christian.

11:42 PM  
Blogger Melody said...

Bravo Bravo!! I agree 100%..

What makes me CRAZY is the xian following the shrub has. Anyone can SAY he's this or that.. but his actions? He's a War Criminal and Hate Monger.. who USES his idiotic "base" to promote his vile policies because most of the time, they are either too stupid to understand those policies or they profit from them.

I am sickened my that photo.. and I think that there are quite a few people here in america who would be more than happy if we did the same thing.

Don't EVEN get me started... ok, I'll shut up now.

11:44 AM  
Blogger The Lone Beader said...

Once again, I totally agree...George W. would rather have our U.S. citizens dying in Iraq than gay couples making love. Niiiiice....I cannot believe that man got elected to run our country TWICE.

5:06 PM  

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