Did Belmont University do the “Christian” thing when it learned Lisa Howe is gay? Is God a homophobe, or does Belmont have bats in its belfries?
Yes, there is a Bible verse that calls homosexual sex an “abomination,” but the Bible also contains eight verses that call it an “abomination” to eat prohibited foods, including shellfish. If God loathes seeing people eat shrimp, why doesn’t Belmont fire employees who eat at Red Lobster?
Trying to derive proper ethics from the Bible is like trying to find an oasis in a desert: one must constantly beware of mirages. According to the Bible, extramarital sex is a “sin” but “men of God” can sell their own daughters as sex slaves (Exodus 21), must slaughter captured women and male infants, keeping only the virgin girls alive as sex slaves (Numbers 31), and must murder girls who have been raped, or sell them to their rapists (Deuteronomy 22). Just a few years ago, Christians were using the Bible to defend racism and slavery, since the Bible explicitly commands and condones slavery in a multiplicity of verses. Did those horrendous verses come from God? Is God a bigot?
Obviously, Christians must be very selective about the parts of the Bible they choose to believe. So why pay any attention to the verse about homosexuality being an “abomination”? Is God a homophobe, really, or did ancient nomadic goatherds who stoned their own children to death for being “stubborn” still have a lot to learn about compassion and justice, at the time the really terrible parts of the Bible were written? Jesus never said a word about homosexuality, so why do Christians inflict so much injustice and unnecessary suffering on non-heterosexuals today?