Because the Bible Says So, Dummy!May 14, 2012
“President Obama has betrayed the Bible and the black church with his endorsement of same-sex marriage.”–Pastor Dwight McKissic
The prevailing black American reaction to President Obama’s embrace of marriage equality for gay Americans is relevant to sexual futurists around the world. Why? Because whether Muslim, Christian, Hindu or Jew, all religions have hard-liners who try to speak on behalf of those who really believe, who are really true to the faith–those who haven’t compromised with the West, with immorality, with assimilation–or any of the other influences that they say dilute the purity of their belief system.
These true believers (and they are everywhere) find change…frightening. They consider their current thoughts about faith to be exactly the same as God’s thoughts about faith. It never occurs to them that their understanding of faith might, how can we put this gently, need to evolve or that their understanding might be…mmm…limited. They believe in and celebrate some moment in the past as a perfect expression of what God really wanted and we need to get back there. He couldn’t want all this inclusion, acceptance and love for our fellow humans–what are we, Girl Scouts? So they quote the Book. It doesn’t really matter what book, just something so holy that it is of more value than human beings.
Apostasy. Betrayal. Unbelief. These incendiary words are designed to maximize the perception of threat and at the same time minimize thinking. Look at a typical website for “Bible verses forbidding gay marriage.” You’ll find Bible quotes galore. Now try “Bible verses forbidding interracial marriage” and you’ll find a lot of sites decrying this concept which was once the law of the land across the US. The “best” one continues to promote an idea that was once defended by almost every church as “God’s will.” Other countries still struggle with this: In 2008, Pakistani senators defended the practice of burying young women alive who were judged guilty by tribal elders of having engaged in a relationship with men not of their tribe. Thankfully, most of us have moved the H-E-double toothpicks on.
The debate about gay marriage rights is a repeat of these old arguments. But religion should illuminate truth and help guide us. Religion is supposed to be our original “killer app” that helps us live together adaptively. If your religion is not helping you in this way maybe it’s time to evolve. Come, reason with us.
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