On conservative Evangelicalism and homophoby

Lothringische Version: Iwer de konservative Evangelikalismus un Homophobie

 

Progressive Evangelical theologian Randal Rauser did a nice job documenting several (very representative) cases of fag-bashing within the Evangelical world.

His most striking (and utterly horrific) example is the case of American Evangelicals praising the dictator of Uganda for putting queers to death.

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I believe we have strong theological grounds for welcoming gay people within the Church.

Given the relative importance of homosexuality and social justice in the Gospel (and the whole Bible) I am truly dumbstruck by the amount of time Conservative Evangelicals spend on homosexuality while not only tolerating atrocious discrepancies between the healthcare for poor and rich children but also OPPOSING every attempt to change this tragic situation.

“You will recognize a tree by its fruits…” Jesus taught and warned us.

 

 

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19 thoughts on “On conservative Evangelicalism and homophoby

  1. “Given the relative importance of homosexuality and social justice in the Gospel (and the whole Bible) I am truly dumbstruck by the amount of time Conservative Evangelicals spend on homosexuality while not only tolerating atrocious discrepancies between the healthcare for poor and rich children but also OPPOSING every attempt to change this tragic situation.”

    Yes to THIS. I’m still very much in the process of figuring out what I believe on this issue, but the whole ‘stand against homosexuality’ that conservative evangelicalism takes makes me incredibly uncomfortable. It is so dehumanizing, and goes against everything I believe about God’s character. In doubt, I much prefer to embrace than reject.

    • Hello Pauline, I am glad that a growing number of Evangelicals is beginning to view the thing as “deshumanizing”. But this is indirectly related to the problem of the RISE of the New Calvinism, because as I will argue, this naturally hinders social and moral progress.

  2. I can only agree with decriminalizing homosexuality, and treating homosexuals as equals. That means gay marriage too. But you have to pick and choose to get that position out of the Bible, especially the OT.

    Supa Dialekt wieda! Insbesonders “erwet” fia “roboti”.

    cheers, zilch

  3. Fifty years ago, when I was a young fundamentalist, opposition to homosexuality was general throughout the culture of America. It was considered unnatural and no one I knew even questioned whether it was ‘wrong’; it was just assumed to be wrong. We were ignorant.

    As some began to examine those assumptions, and to evaluate what the Bible really says about homosexuality (very little it turns out), many began to see the cruelty of marginalizing an entire group of people for who they are.

    An increasing number of Christians began to speak up in support of gay equality, including gay marriage. But the really sad thing is that an element among Christians doubled-down to marginalize and persecute gays even further. It is an outright horror they way some are bent on causing more pain and even hate.

    We must continue to support gays as people of integrity, as citizens with rights, and even as fellow believers in Jesus.

  4. The hysterical reaction of evangelical Christians to homosexuality betrays their fear. As Shakespear said: me thinks he protesteth too much.
    Whether it is a fear of their own homosexual feelings or an overreaction to AIDS, their attitude is totally out of proportion. I only hope that it is not a social scapegoat like the Jews in Nazi Germany.
    The problems in Africa and Russia are bad enough without American evangelicals supporting them.
    Persecution of homosexuals by religious groups in our world only serves to discredit Christianity further.
    We can do without that!

    • Amen! It is true they discredit the gospel of our Lord!

      But it is important to realize there are also PROGRESSIVE Evangelicals out there (like Randal Rauser and Rachel Held Evans) who support gay rights.

      Cheers from Europe.

      • Until recently, I was convinced that homosexuality and gay marriage were sinful and forbidden, just going by those standard verses everyone likes to quote. However, I finally realized much of my willingness to believe that revolved around my own lack of attraction to other men. I think it’s gross. I also think old people sex is gross. That’s just my own preference, though, not a conviction from God.

        Christians must be consistent. If we say God is love, and promote monogamous commitment and selfless marriage, then how can we deny a loving committed relationship between two people? Homosexual sex is wrong outside of a committed relationship, but in a marriage it becomes something more than sex, just as when any couple gives all of themselves to one another.

        I also recognize that homosexuals are BORN. Attractions are not choices. A celibate homosexual is still gay. Behavior does not define them. God does not condemn them for being slightly different. They are allowed to love and be loved, deeply, completely, just like the rest of us.

        I am willing to err on the side of love. Coming across as bigots to everyone is a terrible witness. We’re better than that.

      • Quackzalcoatl, you say “I am willing to err on the side of love”. That’s a position I can heartily endorse.

        cheers from overcast Vienna, zilch

      • “God does not condemn them for being slightly different.”

        if, for the sake of argument, we give that “God”–to whichever one you refer–exists, please explain how you came around to assert that your “God does not condemn…”?

        • @xon-xoff What I meant by that is, being born with a preference for intimacy with one man or one woman is Biblically ordained. Most men prefer a woman. But some prefer a man. Most people are born right handed. But some are born left handed. I believe these to be analogous.

          @JWB Hahaha… No, I will still think it’s gross. If I live that long, I will have to be blindfolded….

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