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One Evangelical’s Rant



I’ve never done a post on this because I’ve always thought my opinions on the subject don’t really matter. But I’ve gotten a few questions about it before so I guess if I write it down once then I can always refer people back to this. I’ll tackle this first politically then religiously.

As a Libertarian I believe government has ZERO right to tell anyone who they can and can’t marry. Religious institutions should have the ability to marry whoever they want. Government cannot claim some marriages as more or less legitimate then other marriages. So if a church, temple, mosque, or synagogue wants to marry a couple, they have that right. If a church, temple, mosque, or synagogue does not want to marry a couple for traditional/religious reasons then they have that right. Since courthouses and other non religious locations do weddings now then the government has no ability to deny same sex couples the rights and benefits of other married couples. 

As far as my stance as an evangelical christian I want to state that I know my Bible. I know it really well. I have a degree in Biblical Studies from the largest evangelical Christian University in the world. I come from a family of Baptist ministers. I’m in grad school to be a pastor. With all of my studying I can tell you that I still have a lot to learn. I fully expect many of my views to grow and change as I mature in my understanding. The Bible is an incredible book, I believe the most important book ever written. I believe it is the inspired word of God written by human hands. I’m even studying ancient Hebrew and Greek so I can better understand my faith. Does the New Testament condemn homosexuality as a sin? Well, yeah it appears that way. That’s how church tradition has handled Paul’s writing in Romans.

I know a few pastors that I respect a great deal who aren’t sold on that interpretation though. Especially since Paul used a different word for what we have translated to mean “homosexual” other then the normal greek word for it. Now I’m not an expert on Greek (yet). So I’m not ready to make any definitive stances on it (yet). I will say I’m intrigued by what this mystery greek word is. But until I can really study it I have to stand by the standard translation. I would encourage you to do a word study though.

So Andrew, you stand by the standard translation. That means you think homosexuality is a sin. Alright, well I think it’s a sin to hate people. I think it’s a sin to harass people. I think it’s a sin to be self-righteous and hypocritical. I think it’s a sin to be unforgiving and without grace. When Jesus was on Earth the people he condemned the harshest were the judgmental religious elite. I will always err on the side of grace and compassion. We have gay teens committing suicide, people being beat on the streets of my city for their orientation, families being ripped apart. You want me to justify your hate? You want me to join in on the screaming? No. I put my rock down a long time ago. I would like to see some healing take place. I will not stand by for your bigotry. It disgusts me that you look for my support. No. Stop taking my faith and using it to fuel your bitterness. I condemn your homophobia. Jesus ate with the sinners and social outcasts. He broke bread with them, went to their homes, talked with them, listened to their stories, loved them, and he forgave them. He valued and respected women in a time and place where that was extreme. He loved people that were different from Himself and from what His society said was acceptable. How dare you claim your campaign to be in His name.

I just want to be a man like Jesus. I just want to be a pastor to teach people about Him. Jesus changed my life. He saved my life. I want to live a life He would be proud of. I want to love people they way He did. And I don’t think he would be waving a picket sign around yelling into a megaphone.

I agree with this. I think it’s kind of ambiguous whether homosexuality is definitely a sin or not. Jesus never talked about it. Paul barely referenced it, and that’s about all we see in the NT.

But honestly, even if it is decided that it’s definitively a sin, salvation doesn’t work once a person stops sinning. Because no one ever just stops sinning. Salvation is about admitting you’re a sinner, asking forgiveness, and telling God that you want Him to be in control, and you want to follow after Him.

The most important thing that a person can do in life is pursue Christ, and the second most important thing someone can do in life is help someone do the most important thing.

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