Country singer Chely Wright married LGBT civil rights activist Lauren Blitzer on Saturday in an interfaith ceremony presided over by both a minister and a rabbi. (Wright is Christian and Blitzer is Jewish.)
USMagazine quoted Wright to say, “Country music has been described as being about God and family and country, and for some reason people think that you can’t be gay and have those beliefs.”
I’ve been reading the internet chatter on this couple. And then the follow-up comments opposing those comments. And then the rebuttals to the comments opposing those comments. I did not see even one opinion on the Jewish-Christian issue. Apparently, gay trumps faith.
I know this is serious business, but some of the buzz is so cliché, it’s like a joke.
The most common thing that I read from people of faith goes something like this: “God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for this very reason.”
For the record, the people of Sodom were not in consensual relationships. The Bible describes them as violent, malicious, gang rapists, not typical gay men. Still, God said if only ten righteous souls remained in that city, he would have spared them. The entire city was corrupt. (see Genesis 18:20-19:29)
That is not to say that same-sex sexual relationships are not forbidden in the Bible. They are. (Romans 1:26-27) There are other sexual situations that the Bible forbids, too—premarital sex, extramarital sex, divorce and remarriage (in most cases), and the use of pornography. The difference with those situations is that by and large, the church handles those with a degree of respect, grace and consideration for the individuals involved.
As a Christian, my example and teacher is Jesus. When a woman engaged in a forbidden sexual relationship was brought to Jesus, he told the crowd, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” No one could. I can’t either. (see John 8:1-11)
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Copyright 2011 Kathryn A. Frazier