Is There Such A Thing As A Gay Christian?
Is There Such A Thing As A Gay Christian?
Being raised Roman Catholic I would never dare tell my parents much about my social life. Especially being Italians from New York and they were very set in their ways. When I told them I was pregnant at twenty-one with a man I didn’t love and I wasn’t even married, they were beyond disappointed and livid. When I was 29 year old I fell for a woman. What was I going to tell my family? They had big ideas for the educated, self-sufficient, career-oriented, daughter they had. My future was already planned. I knew my serious girlfriend had feelings and I had to ‘let the cat out of the bag.’ I did, which wasn’t as bad as I had thought it would be. But what about my faith in God? My faith in God had become stronger the older I had become; but according to any other serious Christian, this was not so. Technically because of my lesbian relationship. Eventually, I had started to attend a nondenominational Christian church that welcomes all types of people; atheists, any religion, and even the gay community. However, their motto was it was okay, but not forever and God was going to change that. I absolutely loved this church, but not it’s beliefs on the gay couple and gay relationships. I started looking for answers. Can one be a gay Christian? Is it even possible?
The first book I read was Torn, by Justin Lee. He is the founder of the Gay Christian Network and his book has very good content. In one part he discusses how during one point of his life he might’ve though sin to be cultural. He discusses how sin may be cultural to justify the theory that gays can be Christians. His argument stems from how gambling is a sin and how sin has been downplayed. Is it that sin is cultural and the standard changes with time or is this just hot air? The book goes over his life and his research on being a gay Christian. Personally, I could specifically remember in Acts 16:31 (NIV) “ Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.” Now, do I believe you can have faith in God and not be mindful of others, judge, or continually walk in sin? Of course not! I do believe the Christian God is compassionate and loving. I do feel He promotes love for one another.
Let’s look at some areas of the Bible. In Genesis, God created Adam and Eve. Everyone know the story from the time they started Sunday school in their own church as a child. God created Adam as a companion for Eve. Just because the opposite sex was created for Eve, doesn’t necessarily validate the argument that gay couples should not be together. What if the proper companion is the same gender? And Ah, the famous story of Sodom and Gommorah. God destroys the cities because those residents were supposedly bad people. Before it was destroyed a man named Lot entertains angels with perverse acts. This also does not mean all the men were gay. Historians have discovered, back then, rape was a common punishment and it was not based on a loving, committed relationship. Natural Eunuchs in the Bible were men that were attracted to men, some castrated (or without gender). Let’s look at Isaiah 56:3-5; “Let no feigner who is bound to the Lord say, ‘The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.’ And let no eunuch complain, ‘I am only a dry tree.’ For this is what the Lord says: ‘To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant – to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will endure forever.” Funny isn’t it, you can cut the gender of the individual, but you can’t cut off Christ by doing that. This shows God’s love for all. In Leviticus 18:22; “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.” In research I have found prepared children of Israel of that time for entering the Holy Land, which was primarily meant to focus on worship of pagan practice that included prostitution (GayChristian 101, 2015). This was not meant for the gay and lesbian community.
So, is the gay community trying to tweak the Bible to justify their acts? Do Christians go too far by judging the gay community, in which they know as Christians they are not supposed to judge? Is the Bible a straight forward interpretation of God’s law for us? Understanding God as compassionate and loving is the first step a gay Christian should hold near to their heart and he/she should be open to research and continuous education on the subject. Not just for their self, but their gay counterparts as well. The one thing an individual can do, is digress from being judgmental, show support and educate. That is the most Christian act someone can do.
Gay Christian 101. (2015). How do you interpret Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, man should not lay with man?