Many will find this post controversial. I do not shy away from controversy for within controversy we are offered the opportunity to learn and grow.
Two major cities in our area banned conversion therapy for LBGTQ minors (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender or questioning/queer depending upon who one is asking). Seriously, I didn’t know conversion therapy was still a ‘thing’. Apparently, religious leaders are exempt from the ban meaning they can still provide counseling and therapy for those who identify other than straight, in other words, organized religion may continue to stand as judge, jury, and executioner for the homosexual population. My response: smh. (Shaking my head in the texting world)
I have two very dear friends who also happen to be gay. They are more loyal than any friends I have ever had, live life more honestly, and love God with all their hearts, minds, and strength. They have seen and experienced their share of gay-bashing from the church and society at large and remain steadfast in their belief one can be gay and a Christian. I agree.
I am well aware of all the scriptures condemning homosexuality as a sin, homosexuals as worthy of hell, and abominations before God. Lest we forget, the books of the Bible were written by man, and the books to be included in the Bible were chosen by a council of men who determined which were the inerrant word of God. These same men also determined animals did not have souls and voted on whether women had souls; that passed by one vote. Read that again ladies.
We are all souls housed in a body having a life experience. We are extensions of Divine Love, of God, and as such we have no gender. During our journey through life, we are wrapped in the clothes of humanity. Man has decided what is acceptable and what is not in the eyes of God. Man has been pitted against others since the beginning of time; Cain against Abel, Egyptians against Hebrews, Christians against every other religion, whites against blacks, Palestinians against the Jews, saints against sinners, and the list goes on.
Nowhere did Yeshua (Jesus) address the subject of homosexuality. The church argues Yeshua did address homosexuality but did not specifically mention it; Paul, much later after Yeshua was crucified and resurrected, referenced homosexuality as sin, abomination, and worthy of condemnation. Was Paul speaking for God? No one has any way of knowing for certain. What I do know is spiritual wisdom is clothed in love, peace, compassion, and mercy. The voice of man is clothed in judgment, condemnation, and sentences others to hell for the very acts he commits.
Yeshua said “You are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. This is the greatest and most important mitzvah (commandment). And a second is similar to it, You are to love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39 The Complete Jewish Bible) For those who uphold the Roman Way as taught by Paul, Romans 3:23 says, “all have sinned and come short of earning God’s praise (or the glory of God)” (The Complete Jewish Bible)
In my mind, we would all do well to remember the words of Yeshua that apply to every situation and argument under the sun, “The one of you who is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone…” (John 8:7 The Complete Jewish Bible)