Not so long ago, it was illegal for two people of the same gender to marry in the UK.
It is now legal and after a fairly big fight from the church to stop that from happening all had gone quiet again on the homosexuality front.
Then along came Vicky Beeching, in her brave interview she once again got everybody talking about it all. Except this time it’s different. There are still plenty opposed, but for the 1st time I’ve seen a lot more people within the church supporting Vicky and calls for theology regarding homosexuality to be looked at again.
There are very few verses in the bible that actually talk about homosexuality.
There is the story of Sodom and Gomorra. But this to me always feels like a bit of a leap to think that homosexuality was the sin.
Instead it is a story about Wicked people who are wanting to rape the guests in Lots home. The story is not pleasant but I think homosexuality was probably not the issue here.
Leviticus mentions it too, along with shellfish and mixed fabrics, but the really exciting thing is that we are freed from old law, that’s what Jesus did when he died. He freed us!
This then brings us to the new testament. This is the part people find hardest to argue. But actually it’s all very simple 🙂
The 1st verse I’m going to show you is the one in Corinthians. I’m going to use Youngs literal translation here so it is as accurate to the original texts as I can make it.
1 Corinthians 6
9 have ye not known that the unrighteous the reign of God shall not inherit? be not led astray; neither whoremongers, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor sodomites,
10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, the reign of God shall inherit.
This is very commonly used, but read it! There is no mention of the word homosexuality. The closest is the word ‘sodomites’ but if you look this word up, you will find different answers depending on where you look. To me the most accurate translation seems to be referring to shrine prostitutes. But look it up and decide for yourself.
1 Timothy 1
8and we have known that the law [is] good, if any one may use it lawfully; 9having known this, that for a righteous man law is not set, but for lawless and insubordinate persons, ungodly and sinners, impious and profane, parricides and matricides, men-slayers, 10whoremongers, sodomites, men-stealers, liars, perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that to sound doctrine is adverse, 11according to the good news of the glory of the blessed God, with which I was entrusted.
I don’t even really feel the need to explain this one except to say that notice the closest word to homosexuality mentioned is again “sodomites.”
Lastly we have Romans 1. on the face of it this seems a little harder to challenge, but in actual fact again it’s a little simple when you properly read it. To get proper context you need to read the entire chapter. I’m not going to type the whole chapter here, although I will urge you to look it up.
The chapter is about worshipping things other than God,
23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of fowls, and of quadrupeds, and of reptiles.
26 Because of this did God give them up to dishonourable affections, for even their females did change the natural use into that against nature;
Again this all fits with the theory of shrine prostitution, something that was very common in the time of Paul.
Finally people are realising all this for themselves. There is a real sense again of realising that things aren’t always as they appear, and most importantly of all, Vicky Beeching has put a human face in to the debate, something that has been previously missing I think.
No matter what your opinion on this is, it’s so important to remember the real people. Jesus was love. Somehow here we’ve failed to bring love into the debate in previous times. This time though, more are listening and as such becoming a little more like Jesus, which after all, is the most important thing.