Originally Posted by AlmostAPpropriate
But those of us who dont know arent vying for the title of "thoughtful and spiritual"... we really read the bible and truly dont know!
Okay, so since you truly don't know -- why not just focus in on what you do
know and live according to that? At least, that works if you're not dealing with the issue of a homosexual orientation within your own life ...
For those who are gay, the living-out of their Christian faith through relationships that please God, and that draw them closer to God, is really between them, God, and their significant others (which of course is the case for all believers, gay or straight).
|But we are called to lead. We are to be the light of the world. The NT is chock full of the apostles admonishing against some sin or the other. Christianity isnt a passive religion.
But why would you "admonish" about something that you admit you're not even clear on? Why not save the admonishment for things you are
Christianity certainly isn't a passive religion! Which is why I'm feeling drawn to discuss so many issues like this -- I'm realizing that there are so many areas where fundamentalist leaders have said, "It's settled. This is what God thinks, there's no room for anyone to think otherwise" -- and this is literally slamming the door in many people's faces. I can't be passive about this.
|Granted anyone who really struggles with whether homosexuality is a sin for Christians should also be struggling with ceremonial cleanliness surrounding menstruation or any of the other issues raised.
Yes -- and, you know, I've never heard a pastor preach about all those sinful married folks who don't count a full 7 days after
the menstrual flow has stopped before having sex (granted, they're not likely to know who does or doesn't follow the Law of Moses in this particular area
... But they don't even teach on it, which means they basically leave it up to individual husbands and wives).
I do recall hearing a conservative Christian youth leader telling kids that once you're married and in the privacy of your own bedroom, "anything goes." And another conservative Christian woman was shocked when she heard that another female churchgoer was so "legalistic" as to deny her husband sex while she was menstruating (I'm guessing that this particular woman would be literally appalled at the thought of adding on an additional 7 days of abstinence).
I think it's pretty safe to say that, in the conservative Christian circles I used to move in, wifely submission was seen as much more of an absolute than the Laws of Moses regarding sex.
So, anyhow, since conservative Christians seem totally cool about staying out of heterosexual couple's marriage beds, why can't they show gays the same courtesy? And, no, it's not because "Gays are flaunting themselves in our faces." The problem is, it's seen as "flaunting" for a same-sex couple to want the same freedoms heteros have been enjoying for a long time now.