Pope speaking to nuns on gays
A recent political cartoon in one of the Cities’ newspapers shows a severely-cartooned pope saying to favorably-cartooned “U.S. Nuns”: “I’m very upset with you for not speaking out against homosexuality!” The kicker is in the next frame, which pictures a cartooned Jesus and the pope adding, “Same goes for your friend.” The intended point — blatantly political and religiously irrelevant — is that Jesus never spoke out against homosexuality and, therefore, homosexuality is affirmed by God as a Christian virtue and part of God’s plan for marriage.
That it so happened Jesus himself never spoke out against homosexuality is irrelevant to the total biblical teaching on marriage and not an affirmation of homosexuality or same-sex “marriage.”
It is a fact there is no (recorded) statement attributed to Jesus as directly opposing homosexuality, and it is unlikely he ever mentioned it privately. But silence is no argument.
John, the disciple who listened most closely and understood Jesus best, closed his Gospel by insisting he did “many other things not recorded in this book.” Jesus understood his audiences and knew homosexuality was not an issue. He did, however, strongly affirm the Jewish standard of one-man, one-woman marriage as sacred.
(Even the polygamy of the pre-Jewish patriarchal era of the Hebrews that had been tentatively tolerated as primitive pending full understanding of the Mosaic Law was same-sex.)
We must read the whole Bible to see the whole picture. God’s Word is a good deal more than what he said through Jesus during the few years of his ministry. The Bible is not a book that is against homosexuality, and it certainly is not against homosexuals. It is for marriage as that which the Creator established for human relationships.
Yes, there are secondary direct sanctions against homosexuality, and they appear in many passages within the text. The tortuous attempts to explain them away succeed in nothing more than to be an acknowledgement of rejecting the Bible as the divinely inspired Word of God. If one feels self-identification as GLBTQ is a matter of honesty, one must be honest about this.
Neither Jesus nor any other voice in the Bible condemns either homosexuality or homosexuals. As so with all other human failings (and it is this), it seeks lovingly and graciously to redeem the latter persons from the former condition. The biblical writers and all who preach and teach it truly earnestly wish for human wholeness.
(Any who do otherwise — and some today do — also fall short of apprehending the scriptures of the faith. I have other words for them.) [More]