An excellent and lengthy discussion of ten biblical themes that LGBTQ folks and their allies should know and be able to work with in dealing with Anti-Gay Christians. We have dealt with the six “clobber” passages for so long, and so many horrid sayings “Love the sinner, hate the sin,” “Adam and Eve, Not Adam and Steve”, that we need our own building blocks for rebuttal and conversation. These are excellent points and well worth the time it takes to read the blog. Enjoy!
By Anonymous (photo by Adrian Pingstone) (Own work) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons I’ve been involved in several conversations both online and face to face about the Bible and LGBTQ issues. Because public discourse about the Bible has been dominated by the Christian Right for the last forty years, many folks are surprised that the Bible has anything positive to offer LGBTQ persons. Discussion about the Bible tends to rehash the same old “clobber passages.” I think it’s important for Christians who favor LGBTQ inclusion to reframe the discussion, so I offer these ten biblical themes that anti-gay Christians avoid talking about.
1. Tying up heavy burdens for others. This is from Matthew 23:4, part of Jesus’ chapter-long polemical rant against the religious leaders: “They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling…
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