I don’t intend to use this blog for political purposes or to routinely reblog the posts of others. Today, however, I’m doing both.
I’ve been really saddened by the events in my neighboring state — where good people overwhelmingly voted to amend the North Carolina constitution to restrict the rights of gay and lesbian couples. I’m saddened for several reasons: I have talked to some of my gay friends about this issue recently (including one living in North Carolina) and I know how strongly they feel about this and how hurt they are by this vote and that makes me sad. I’m saddened also because I know plenty of people in North Carolina and, for that matter, my home state of South Carolina — that I believe to be good people — that did vote — or will vote when the issue is presented to them — to restrict the rights of their fellow citizens and that also makes me sad. Lastly, I am saddened (and more than just a little ashamed) at my own silence on this issue. I feel strongly that what the voters of North Carolina did was wrong. Very wrong. But it’s also wrong that I’ve done little to nothing to speak out on this issue. Consider this my pledge to change that.
I’ve read lots of articles and opinion pieces on this issue. I’m choosing to reblog this particular piece because it’s excellent, because my sister reposted it on facebook (and if she has the courage to do that then the least I can do is reblog it here) and because it comes closest to matching my own views (actually, this prior piece, and particularly this lady’s letter to her son, most accurately reflects my views).
My own views are this: I believe in a creator/higher power of some sort, though I’m admittedly sketchy on the details. I’m fairly certain that Jesus was a human manifestation of that higher power and so I call myself a Christian and attempt to follow Him. Beyond that, I’m pretty flexible. I think the Bible is an important instrument of God’s revelation of God’s self to man, but I don’t think it is the totality of that revelation. That said, I have done my due diligence on the issue of homosexuality and I think the biblical case against it is pretty weak. I have no qualms about setting aside the law of Leviticus because Jesus said we should (and because following it would likely lead to our immediate arrest and/or involuntarily committment). If Jesus addressed the issue of homosexuality, I would find his thoughts very persuasive if not dispositive, but he never did (and that, at a minimum, should tell us how important he thought it was). That leaves us with just a couple of passages in Paul’s letters — one of which is actually about idolatry and mentions homosexuality as a consequence and one which mentions homosexuality in the context of a long list of other behaviors — none of which are constitutionally prohibited. So, again, I acknowledge the biblical case but don’t find it very compelling.
So I guess I’m left with this. My faith calls me to follow a man-God/God-man who hung out with tax collectors, prostitutes and other societal outcasts; who spoke forcefully about a number of moral issues, including greed, materialism, adultery, divorce and hypocrisy, but never mentioned homosexuality; and who told his followers to love each other, unconditionally. The lawyer in me says the preponderance of the evidence on this issue is in support of my gay friends, so that’s where I am. And, as my fellow Auburn alum, Charles Barkley, is fond of saying, “I may be wrong, but I doubt it.”
Anyway, do yourself a favor and read this outstanding and thoughtful blog post. And I’d love to hear your thoughts on this important issue of our time. I promise your comments will be appreciated and respected.