I see that there is a new flap over who President Obama had picked for the presidential inauguration… It seems that his first choice, the Rev. Louie Giglio, has withdraw, very soon after he was picked.. Why you might ask? Well it seems that, for some odd reason that may have something to do with the Bible, he thinks, or thought, that homosexuality was a SIN.
Is homosexuality a SIN? It might be.. there have been more knowledgeable people than I who have said yes, or no. Each groups seems to find some portion of the scriptures that seems to support their theory…
So I am going to look at this in another light.. People get their values from the Bible. I have always been told that these values were personal values and that tolerance means that I should not try to force them onto others.
Our government, the United States of America, is set up so that our laws are, yes, based on what the personal values of the majority are. They were not setup as supplemental material to the 10 commandments, or an enforcement of Biblical views. If that were true we would still be closing stores on Sunday, would know what days to not eat certain meats, or still be stoning people for heresy.
What we do have is need to pass laws for the common good, for the protection of the weak, and yes, to codify certain standards that society has accepted through the ages, and yes, through the ages Marriage has been accepted as the union of one woman and one man. Utah was told this when they wanted to become a state, which turned out to be convenient for Utah as, it was about this time that the leader of the Later Day Saints go a new message from on high that polygamy was indeed wrong, and so Utah was allowed to join the Union.
There are laws pass against thing like, murder, rape, theft, and others, that have less to do with the Bible then a need for a stable society. Some law, based strictly on Biblical views have either been struck down, or just left unused. Take the laws on sodomy. When was the last time you hear of anyone getting charged with sodomy, or bring up the idea that homosexual couple would be in violation of these laws. Some years ago, you might remember the T.V. show “West Wing” about the White House. A couple of the junior staffer were to meet with military representatives to discus gays in the military. When the military people pointed out that the president wasn’t really serious about this, as he had sent junior staffers, the staffers replied that as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces if the President said it was alright for Gays to be in the military then it was the way it was. The Military people pointed out that the Uniformed Code of Military Justice outlawed Sodomy, and that since the UCMJ was in fact a law passed by congress THAT is what would have to be changed before gays would be allowed in the military.
So, where are we then… Some of the rules laid down in the Bible, now we are talking about the Christian Bible, have fallen by the wayside as Society changes. One of the few consistent views had been the make up of the family being headed by one man and one woman. If that is to change, then maybe we should take another look at where society gets it’s values.. Maybe, once homosexual marriages are widely accepted and the taboo against that is broken we might want to look and see if the taboo against incest still stands. For some people the idea of a brother and sister getting married might not be as extreme as two men, or two women.
Final thought.. if an anti-gay preacher is unacceptable, then maybe we might look at having another type of priest do the benediction.. Maybe a Native American Sharman, or a Taoist Monk, or even a, wait for this…
That Joe Guy.
- Despite the Louie Giglio Controversy, Christianity Is (Unfortunately) Doing Just Fine (patheos.com)
- The History Channel Is Going To Distort The Bible… Again (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Gay ‘Queen James’ Bible Causes Controversy (blackamericaweb.com)
- Jaweed Kaleem: Are Conservative Evangelicals Welcome In The Public Square? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Was Christian Pastor Forced Out of Inauguration? (radio.foxnews.com)
- Pastor withdraws from Obama inauguration after sermon on homosexuality surfaces (foxnews.com)