"Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself. Saul took him that day and did not let him return to his father's house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, including his sword and his bow and his belt. So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and prospered; and Saul set him over the men of war."-The Bible
There is much controversy and blessings happening in our world concerning gay rights as a gay man I stand in awe daily of how such a topic as homosexuality was a faux pas topic to even discuss now as I hear from most who existed during the time that the Gay Liberation movement started my generation has it much easier as well as possessing more rights than we used to in many ways I would say we do though I see many ways we don't I may be able to marry in my country but if I move to Uganda I could get killed for even the suggestion of being gay so there is still much work to do .I believe much of the prejudice that comes to us in the gay community comes from those of the most fundamentalist of faiths which means to some a person being gay is a "spiritual problem" even though i'm a gay man with a very liberal theology I used to be one of these fundamentalists I had to open my eyes to "New Light" from the divine to answer the judgments I even put upon myself in struggling to come out .So in honor of National Coming out day I want to offer some biblical answers to this "spiritual problem" that i have to those who might have closed their ear in seeing that we are a child of god also :
- The Bible is Not God it is a word of God
Within most groups that seem to criticize those of who are gay the bible's words become paramount to the argument statements like "the Bible says..." has to qualify everything though looking upon the bible's words it itself does not claim to be "The Author and finisher of our faith " that seems to be something that rests upon Jesus his words so should "Jesus said" be the common phrase .
Something else to denote the bible may be the word of God but it is not God itself though it seems to be seated upon the heavenly throne nowadays when criticizing those of us who are gay some words from the ten commandments might be valuable when the bible itself is invoked for someone like me :
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;"
In the "Likeness of anything of anything that is in heaven above.or the earth beneath " should stand out here if your one of the ones using such an argument you are turning a book that was decided upon a few thousand years which was altered during the reformation into a graven image a hard fact that should be realized is that the bible does not hold all the answers to life's ills it is A Word of God not The Word of God the bible plainly calls Jesus such one does not have a relationship with Christ just through the bible but through prayer and daily revelation you get in touch with the true Word of God the bible is not the end all be all in Christian decisions nor should it be thought to be but that redemptive principle within should govern.
- I am born this way biblically speaking
When doing apologetics one should definitely look to first sources what I find though is many who hope to condemn me for who I am only look and say that within Genesis that only man and woman were created first but in looking to the Mother faith of Christianity-Judaism the Talmud gives a different answer :
"Rabbi Samuel bar Nahman said: When the Blessed Holy One created the first human, He made him a hermaphrodite (androginos).
an interesting thought that most don't realize that maybe the first human was a hermaphrodite and even more so each human is gifted by God with love for the same sex because the qualities of male and female were mixed within us so can I answer I was "born this way" yes biblically because Jesus would have known this even accepted it in his time.
- Christianity demands a Self-Sacrificing love
Someone I consider very close to me made me understand that the bible does not point us to loving just our God and our neighbor as ourselves it takes that love even farther as affirmed in the First Epistle of John :
"We know love by this ,that he(Jesus)laid down his life for us -and we ought to lay down our lives for one another"
Wow what a realization we as Christians must show a self-sacrificing love this means also a sacrifice of views if you see your Christianity as just black and white there is a great gray area you are missing if you are choosing to condemn when we are told to love to the point of sacrifice you might very well be missing a fundamental message in the life of Christ .when think on this self-sacrificing love it makes the saying "Love the Sin,Hate the sinner " null and void because every human being is our brother as well as sister God demands we show all a love that is just a lot more surrendering everything within us to understand the life of another .
One may consider these thoughts bold even hitting the most vital parts of what most mainstream Christians believe but just because a person believes somethings does not exactly make it right .I believe being Gay is a spiritual gift sent to me from above >It allows me to understand the struggle for equality we all face as human beings .
Some Queries to ponder
Do you understand that the bible is not God nor should be used as a sole decider in spiritual decisions ?
Can you open your mind to the fact that you may not know all the answers regarding God and the LGBTQ community ?
Where does judgment lay in the bible with human understanding or the divine ?
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference"-The Serenity Prayer