Christian Debt

Last month, I found a high school friend on Facebook. He urged me, several times, to write an article in his new site. I navigated through his interactive e- magazine and found it to only have Christian articles. So, I chose an article about the homeless I wrote, and submitted it. The article was submitted in the LA Progressive, a month earlier. I figured that the blight of the homeless could be a good topic for such caring people. I also gave a reference to the LA Progressive.

Within a hour after I submitted the article, he e-mailed me to inform me that he removed my homeless article as it wasn’t appropriate for his Christian site. There was no further explanation on the subject from him. I was puzzled.

I logged onto the LA Progressive’s home page. I, then, saw what he must have seen, when he logged onto LA Progressive: The gay and lesbian articles.

So, how does a religious people cut off involvement with a large group of individuals. such as gays and lesbians? How much better are straight religious individuals from gay religious individuals? I have been around a while. I have seen many straight relationships, and gay relationships. The struggles on both sides are great, indeed. In fact, the learned curriculum from our society on both sides leaves a lot to be desired. The guide book from God about men and women, so as it has been transcribed, has left many questions. It is as if we were left to solve the puzzle, the riddle of men and women, on our own.

The power struggles and battles between the sexes seem to evolve and grow ever more intense. Sometimes, it seems overwhelming, as we choose, or find that our bodies already chose, alternate lifestyles. It is not the dark path that we choose, just a path of greater integrity and wholeness to absolve ourselves from the darkness lurking in our society.

So, when a Christian denies friendship, and acceptance within their church, they may be slapping down many honorable people. It is only wise men and women with great understanding that give and accept help from all others along the spiritual path. The question isn’t whether Leviticus 18:22 is the word of God for Christians, but who the heck are we having sexual relationships with and why. This, of course, goes for heterosexual and homosexual relationships.

As progressives, as far as relationships go, we can pursue responsibility and compassion for others. As men and women struggle with compatibility, religion should be a shelter of warmth and kindness.

S. Blair Fox

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  1. Adam Eran says

    Let’s not dignify the “Christian” right’s position with scriptural legitimacy. Homosexuality is mentioned as a sin three or four times in the Bible, and ranks with wearing garments of mixed fabric, or eating shellfish. But homosexuality doesn’t nearly make the top ten (commandments) as sin.

    On the other hand, the sin of covetousness is an *industry* in the U.S., and the prohibition of that is one of the commandments. Where’s the outrage, the indignation, the shunning, the pickets on Madison Ave?

    Nah, what we have with the “Christian” right is plain ol’ homophobia, and scapegoating some population of outcasts — and outcasts are exactly who Jesus hung out with.

    The same is true about the “Christian” right’s opposition to Islam. You have to remember that Samaritans were heretics and traitors (they stayed behind and collaborated during the Babylonian exile), so Jesus sent a message with the parable of the “good Samaritan” whose behavior put to shame the priest and Levite who passed by without helping the injured traveler.

    Jesus says, in effect, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a “good” person in Jewish society, even the despised people (Samaritans) can behave better, and get God’s favor. It would have been the “good Muslim,” if Mohammed had predated Jesus.

    The acceptance of outcasts, and reviling of the “good” people (AKA Pharisees) is a fairly constant theme in real Christianity. Read Matthew 23 — Jesus calls the “good” people “blind guides,” and “whited sepulchres” (tombs that look good on the outside, but are full of bones and unclean things). This insult-strewn passage is even more striking because he had a conversation with Satan (Matthew 4) and was perfectly civil, but he called the Pharisees names, and insulted them.

    Furthermore, Matthew 23 concludes with a reminder that having a sense of proportion is important to Jesus. He condemns the Pharisees for debating about how to tithe kitchen herbs while ignoring weightier matters of faith and justice. They “strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.”

    …precisely what the modern “Christian” right does. They are the modern version of Pharisees.

    • Steve Lamb says

      Adam- Right on! Homosexuality (anal sex, actually) is very low on the priority list in either the old or new testament. King David CLEARLY had a relationship involving mutual oral sex with Jonathon (sorry, the Hebrew just reads that way..)But the only time G_d claims David sinned was when he had sex with another mans wife, a black woman, and then murdered that man, his best general and close friend.

      The first gentile to believe was the Centurion. Early Church history has it that this Centurion was the same one whose beloved servant was restored to life by Jesus. Servant is not a precise translation. The young man more precisely was the Centurions “Boy Toy”. Sorry, it just reads that way.

      If you are a gentile believer in Jesus the Christ then that pederastic Centurion is your spiritual father. He is the first newly born gentile. Did Jesus tell this man to give up his boy toy and repent? Uh no.Jesus didn’t even tell him to stop eating pork or wearing blended fabric. Hmmmmm.

      Jesus doesn’t seem to have ANYTHING to say about homosexual conduct. He seems to have a lot to say about adultery. He has a LOT to say about being kind to the poor, he has a lot to say about doing JUSTICE.

      I became a radical the backpacking trip when I read the Gospels cover to cover with no word thieving priest around to pollute my mind. They loved me at church when I was a right wingnut capitalist money grubbing demi racist, but teh day I actually met Jesus and repented was the day I became unwelcome in most so called “Christian” Churches.

      A couple years ago I took an old friend from my church days to a picnic at a fellow Architects house. My church friend demanded to know if I had shoved a tract under this Architects nose and demanded he convert. I was horrified. he kept insisting I was ashamed of Jesus and valued my friendship with this guy more than the Kingdom of God. I pulled over to the side of the freeway and said to this guy “”It is written: By their Fruits shall you know the Son’s of God.” I don’t know anyone whose life exhibits the fruits of the Holy Spirit more than this man.If he is a pagan or a Heathen or whatever, like him we should all be.”

      My friend figured he would conquer this guy for the Kingdom of God (also lusting after his 80 acres of land above Malibu for “the church”. He harangued my Architect friend who remained silent during most of the attack. Finally, with a great deal of compassion my Architect friend said to this man “You fear hell, for your wrong deeds. I know the God who made all. being his creation, he will not burn me in fire, he made you also, relax.”

  2. YVONNE COLLINS says

    FOR SOME STRANGE REASON, WE SEEM TO FORGET THAT WE ARE NOT THE JUDGES OF OTHER PEOPLE. WE ALL HAVE READ THE BIBLE, WE UNDERSTAND THE WRITINGS, WHEN SOMEONE SINS IT IS NOT OUR RIGHT TO CONDEMN. WE ARE TAUGHT TO BE FORGIVING, UNDERSTANDING AND CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS. WE BELIEVERS SHOULD HELP THE CRITICIZERS TO REMEMBER THEIR
    FAITH BEFORE JUDGING ANYONE AND LOOK IN THE MIRROR BEFORE THEY POINT FINGERS. ” LET HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN THROW THE FIRST STONE”.

    • S. Blair Fox says

      THE DEBT….. I mean, the debt, Christians may have, is only giving sanctuary to all who want it. There is no judgment in giving sanctuary. Judgment day will not come from the church, but from God.

  3. says

    S. Blair Fox raises such good points but unfortunately he is appealing to rational thought and action while dealing with an irrational system. In religious viewpoint if one accepts the literal legitimacy of the scriptures then it is impossible to accept compromise as that refutes the literal interpretation and is sin. Furthermore, to accept the first change is to plant the first cobble stone on a slippery paved road to hell. Once you start down that road you will begin to question other irrational beliefs and soon the entire religious belief system begins to crumble and you will be faced with having to change your entire behavior as you become a rational, accountable being. Rough stuff and many people just lack the courage to take the steps to knowledge instead of “faith”.

    • Timeparticle says

      Agreed, HS. Sometimes it may be better to put the scriptures down, and look for ourselves to seek knowledge and wisdom.

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