If you’re like most people, you probably have never read the entire Bible. Or much of it at all. You might have read a few verses from your coworkers inspirational coffee cup, like that one about God lifting us up on wings like eagles’, or you may have heard about a verse that says women are supposed to be servants of their husbands from some feminist who can’t actually quote that verse from memory, but knows she hates it and by extension the church in general. One phrase you may have heard in past years, even if not the actual context, is the idea that in the Bible God calls Homosexuals an Abomination.
That sounds kind of harsh, doesn’t it? I mean, homosexuals are PEOPLE, darn it! They reserve respect too! And I totally agree. Oh, but wait…
The Bible doesn’t say that Homosexuals are an Abomination.
What it does say, in Leviticus 18:22 is “You [men of Israel] shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” This verse is not condemning people, or even necessarily the feelings of same sex attraction, but instead the ACT of homosexual sex. IT is, according to this verse, “an abomination.”
Because of the use of the word “Abomination,” people on both sides of the isle have gotten the idea that homosexuality is the WORSE SIN there is. But a little searching through the Bible shows that there are OTHER “Abominations.” Here’s a list of them from the book of Proverbs, ch 6:
16 There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.
Did you read that last one? Talking smack/feeding the trolls/bringing the drama so people don’t get along is an ABOMINATION. No one is being accused of being INHUMAN or SUBHUMAN. They are being told that some behaviors- CHOICES TO ACT IN A PARTICULAR WAY- are unacceptable and, in the parlance of our day, “Really Gross.” Because that is essentially what Abomination means. More or less.
Also, and this is a key point, that verse in Leviticus does NOT say “You shall not LOVE another male.” In John 13:34 Jesus COMMANDS his all male squad of disciples, ” Love one another.”
What is COMMANDED is to love.
What is FORBIDDEN is sex with anyone but your hetero-life-mate in the bonds of marriage. The only reason our culture is trying to defend perverted sex acts under the name of “Love” is because we have, culturally speaking, forgotten that LOVE is more than FEELINGS. Between Hollywood movies and pornography, there are a lot of people who don’t understand love or sex and have decided they must be one and the same (And also that both are a form of selfishness). And maybe it’s just a coincidence that so many of the men in Hollywood are being accused of “Sexual Misconduct” and that the average Hollywood marriage lasts for less time than it takes to rent a movie from RedBox.
But maybe it’s not.
The take away here is not, “Homosexuality isn’t so bad!” It’s ALL sins are bad. There are MANY evil things which God has told us are TOTES GRODY TO THE MAX*. We need to get not only our morality and ideas about marriage and sex from the Bible, but also our definition of love. Because for 100% of the people we meet, God commands us to love them. But for 100% of the people we meet who are not our hetero spouse- God commands you to keep your hands to yourself.
So paint that onto a coffee mug or email it to a feminist. You’ll be glad you did.
*From The Message Bible translation