8/9/2013 – – I am beginning to wonder just what the Christian case against gay marriage is. I understand the Jewish case against gay marriage. It is based on the purity codes. Homosexual relationships are like eating ham: they are unclean behaviors. But the new covenant in the New Testament has done away with all this.
Paul seems to condemn homosexuality as unnatural. But this is strange, considering that it is also Paul who states that in Christ there is neither male nor female, slave nor free. In other words, gender no longer matters. This leads me to believe that what Paul is really condemning in context is the lust that he mentions, not homosexuality. Obviously, there is such a thing as immoral, destructive and exploitive homosexual sex, just as that is obviously true of heterosexual sex as well. Gay marriage, of course, is about committed, loving relationships. This is probably very far from Paul’s concern.
In any event, Paul is not Jesus. Not only is Jesus not interested in condemnation based on the purity codes, he addresses the matter of marriage in only one place that I know. He quotes Genesis about man and woman in marriage. But, ironically, his point, in replying to the Pharisees, is to condemn their permissiveness about divorce. Many of the Protestants who condemn gay marriage have come to terms with divorce. But it is divorce, not gay relationships, that concerns Jesus. Divorce is what Jesus condemns.
This is not surprising, for divorce is a matter of the breaking of commitment. That is precisely the kind of action that would cause a condemnation from Jesus.
To those who condemn gay marriage, I rather think that Jesus would reply, “marriage is made for men and women, not men and women for marriage.”