I am a Christian. I hold a Religious Studies degree from the University of Mississippi. And I need to speak up for my faith and her people. With the Supreme Court ruling, there has been much response from Christians condemning this historic and monumental ruling, and I want to voice my opinion, academically as well as faithfully, about what I believe, and address some Scripture, in regards to homosexuality. It's also important to note that Jesus, you know, Jesus CHRIST, the person the whole religion is named after, not once mentions homosexuality in his teachings.
Many Christians who oppose homosexuality, lean and rely on a verse in Leviticus. Leviticus (which is also the 3rd book of 5 in the Jewish Torah) is basically a book of rules. Most believe written by Moses to the Levites, instructing them how to live. The rules are endless, including:
"'If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
This is the verse that some Christians use when they argue that homosexuality is sinful and against God. However, let's explore other verses in Leviticus. Other "rules" in the same book which have equally clear and direct messages:
“Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”
Eating of Shellfish:
“And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you.”
Let's look at a couple of verses outside of Leviticus too…
Women who are not virgins on their wedding night:
The woman must be taken to the door of her father's home, and there the men of the town must stone her to death, for she has committed a disgraceful crime in Israel by being promiscuous while living in her parents' home. In this way, you will purge this evil from among you.
and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.
In the support of slavery:
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.
So my questions to Christians opposing homosexuality:
Do you have tattoos?
Do you think slavery is a good idea?
Are you overweight?
Do you enjoy crab?
Were you a virgin (or did you marry a non virgin) when you got married?
And let's say that you do abide by all of the above rules. Why aren't you going after the overweight and the tatoo'd??? Why aren't you rounding up and killing non virgins? The verse in Leviticus about homosexuality carries the same weight as the verses listed above. So why have you chosen to ignore these other rules? I believe it has nothing to do with your faith, or our God. I think it has to do with your own beliefs. The house you were raised in. Your experiences. Even possibly, desires that you are ashamed of having.
If you don't support gay marriage, FINE! You are completely entitled to that, but all I ask is this: do not use my God, and cherry pick His sacred and ancient texts to support your hate, unless you're ready to explain how you are habitually "sinning" and violating Biblical teachings.
Own up to whatever reason you dislike same sex unions. I'm tired of you blaming my God.
God is love.
1 John 4:8
*This was originally posted to my personal Facebook page after the Supreme Court Ruled Gay Marriage Legal in 2015.*