It seems as if the only exercise gay groups get these days, is running to confront various Christian denominations who voice their outdated opinions against homosexuality. Doth they not know that Galileo settled that argument also?
The latest outdated opinion comes from the Mormon Church’s second in command, 86-year-old Boyd K. Packer. During the faith’s 180th semiannual general conference, October 3, 2010, Packer said that, homosexuality is unnatural and can be overcome.
The article goes on to mention that the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay civil rights organization has collected over 100,000 signatures, calling on Packer and the Mormon Church to recant Packer’s statement. I believe this man has the right to express his beliefs. I also believe that lying down in front of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City, which over a thousand protesters felt compelled to do, as a statement of their own, is as silly as the Packer statement. However, if I really believed something, a hundred thousand signatures or you lying at my door will not get me to change my mind.
Maybe most gay groups really believe God hates homosexuality. Maybe homosexuals are hating on God for telling Moses to use the word abomination six or seven thousand years ago. Whatever is the reason homosexuals are so worked up because the church is hating on them the solution to this misunderstanding is in The Good Book. Commonsense says if you care to read it carefully, you might find the difference between then and now is a matter of custom. For those who do not believe there is a God, please indulge me, as I have a bone to pick with Christians and homosexuals both of which I represent.
Trying to bring traditional Christian values and homosexuals who believe in God together is as difficult as putting square wheels on a bicycle and peddling my way to Sunday services. However, an understanding between the two sides is possible, if both camps exercise a little commonsense when preaching their view on the good news or gospel of homosexuality.
Commonsense tells me the Christian church loses clout with God when it distorts God’s commandment that we “love one another…” John 13: 34-35. By using a loophole because most Christians are disgusted with the “sin” of homosexuality would cause Jesus in speaking today to ask, “What part of love one another don’t you understand?” However, homosexuals feel they also have a loophole that permits them to ignore sage advice from the Lord as he quoted the law of the prophets in Matthew 7:12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them…” Does this scripture contain a loophole for homosexuals not to obey? God is not going to ask or tell anyone to do something that is impossible to do. Therefore, if He says, “Love one another” or do unto others… we can respond by saying “No” or we can ask, “How.” God, by His righteousness is only obligated to answer, “How.”
From 1983 to 1993, I taught the Bible in the maximum-security unit of the San Francisco juvenile hall. My students, teenage felons, charged with murder, rape or various other violent crimes. Most likely, they would end up sentenced to the California Youth Authority until their 25 birthday, for their sins. My job was to remind them often, that God still loved them.
I had a lot of fun, mainly from the fact that these young men kept me on my toes with their questions about God and the Bible. During one Bible Study, a young man popped up because of something I said and shouted, “But God made marijuana!”
I shouted back with a smile, He also made poison ivy; I don’t see you smoking that! The entire class lost it with laughter.
As I grew into my position, commonsense directed my teaching. Commonsense told me to keep my lessons simple. Though I give credit to a dream I had, warning me not to be boring with my teaching, commonsense was my guide in how not to be boring. Commonsense made teaching easy for my students and me. However, a lack of commonsense is distorting the simple Bible message of “love thy neighbor.” This has caused many well-intended Christians to follow “Wolves in sheep’s clothing.”
My biggest gripe with people today is, everybody is either misquoting the Bible or reading it without applying commonsense. For instance, if the Bible says, “Hate” your mother and father, commonsense says that is not what it means. When I came across that in the Bible, I automatically knew there was another meaning.
However, there are less obvious scriptures; people are too lazy to search out. The meaning or relevance of a particular passage in the Bible, which I call, the owner’s manual is so important. Not everything written in your “Owner’s manual” applies to your particular model of car. Moreover, commonsense tells me, not everything written in the Bible applies to everyone who reads it.
While up at the juvenile hall giving spiritual consultation, a 15-year-old, with a serious look on his face asked me, “Is it a sin to drink water?”
He caught me off guard and I responded, what! I continued by asking him where he got that idea? He then showed me this scripture, 1 Timothy 5: 23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities. (KJV) We sat down and I explained what that scripture meant. Everyone needs someone to explain portions of the Bible to him or her at times. Acts 8: 27-31. However, commonsense must be a main part of interpretation of scriptures especially when there are thousands of years in between the written word then and how we live today.
Leviticus 18: 22 is where you will find Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Deuteronomy 21: 18-21 says if you have a stubborn and rebellious son, he shall be stoned to death. Judges 21: 20-21 instructs the soldiers (children of Benjamin) to lie and wait in a vineyard and when women came out for a annual dance they were to snatch them up for wives. These three events happened thousands of years ago according to history at approximately the same time. Commonsense tells me that anyone who believes, any of these three events taught by Moses, is the will of God for today, is only technically living in the 21st century.
The gospel of homosexuality is that we are living in the 21st century. In addition, God has given us all a measure of commonsense to listen for guidance. However, people who insist on listening to outdated thinking, I wonder if they have any sense at all.