Magazine article Tikkun

Homosexuals and the Politics of Death

Magazine article Tikkun

Homosexuals and the Politics of Death

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Excerpted from Why the Christian Right is Wrong by Robin Meyers (May 2006) by permission of Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint.

The issue for many of us in the church is not what "causes" homosexuality (we don't know) or whether acceptance of our gay brothers and sisters is an endorsement of sexual promiscuity (of course it isn't) but whether the Church of Jesus Christ is going to be true to its own founding principle: radical hospitality. The Gospel specializes in human beings who are left out but deserve to be invited in. Either we believe it when we say that God loves everybody, or we don't.

And please don't give me that tired line: "Love the sinner, hate the sin." We need to have a thoughtful, prayerful, gracious conversation in the church about sexual orientation, not just about sexual behavior. We're talking here about what someone is, not what someone does. The handful of condemnations against homosexuality in the Bible are directed at homosexual activities, which were considered unnatural because they were non-procreative and idolatrous because they were grouped with activities that were believed to separate us from God. They were not directed against sexual orientation, which nobody understood in those days and which we still don't understand today. …

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