The Gay Debate: The Bible and Homosexuality

Jason Micheli —  September 18, 2012 — 1 Comment

What does scripture say about homosexuality?

Does scripture condemn loving, monogamous gay relationships? Does it? Are you sure?

The NY Times ran a story on Sunday about Matthew Vines a young gay Christian whose lifelong church, and many lifelong friends, couldn’t abide his sexuality nor his insistence that he was still in the parameters of scripture.

I’ve written here before that Christians of good will can and do disagree over this issue, but here’s what I have no patience for: Christians- on either side- who make their arguments and pronouncements pro or con but have no actual knowledge of what scripture says. I hear a lot of ‘the bible teaches…’ by people who don’t seem to really know what in fact the bible teaches.

And that’s what I admire about Matthew Vines’ story. Rejected by his church and many friends, he’s responded A) not in anger or despair and B) not by giving up on the faith. Instead he’s taken on a teaching mission to unpack just what scripture says on these thorny issues. Disagree with him if you like; however, his drive and zeal to be counted among God’s People is to be admired.

Here’s the story. And just below is Matthew’s presentation on You Tube. It’s worth a full watch.

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One response to The Gay Debate: The Bible and Homosexuality

  1. I too have little patience for Christians who make their arguments and pronouncements pro or con but have no actual knowledge of what scripture says. But likewise, I have little patience for Christians who do have knowledge of what the scripture says, but who cite only the parts in favour of their argument, behaving as though winning the argument is more important than coming to a place of truth. This video is worse, because in addition, it cites historical data that is only in favour of the argument. AND the presentation offers a superficial slice of what proponents of the other side of the argument claim, pretending as though it’s a balanced summary. Surely a presentation as in-depth as this, would mean he knew he was being very one-sided. Good on him for citing some scripture, such as Romans 1 from verse 26. Not so good is what he (presumably deliberately) didnt cite, including the preceding verse of Romans 1:25, with it’s rather relevant claim that “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie …”
    http://stasisonline.wordpress.com/matthewvines/

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