Of course, it's night time, and the sun has slipped over the horizon, but the context really isn't all that exciting, is it? Let's be dramatic and proclaim that the sun is gone and the sky is black. Oh woe!
Ok, I'll be kind and let you in on the issues that precipitated my little philosophical rant of the day. I read a story on Milkboys....(here)... in which a pastor again calls homosexuality a sin. Now, I know that there are some who come here and do not agree with me about God, and that's ok. But for the record, I believe. We all get an opinion, this is mine.
The following was difficult for me to put into something clear and that makes sense without writing a novel in the process. So, please forgive some leaps where I don't explain out the reasoning so well. I'm basically trying to make a point...I would be happy to debate in another forum.
So, a part of the life of Randy that some of you don't know is that at one point I took theology classes. It was a time of self exploration for me, and I found a great deal of myself in that time. But, as I was raised a Christian, if not always acting in that belief, I did have a cultural background that helped me to understand the odd curves associated with putting words down to describe what very few have had the opportunity to meet. And, in that, I guess it's like trying to describe a symphony to someone who is deaf; the context just isn't there. I understand that, and have come to forgive those who have tried.
The vid on Milkboys talks about the best used scripture to denounce homosexuality. And, like my first statement, it requires just a bit of context. First, the story of Paul...who had to be struck blind by God to get his attention. He was a lawyer, a bit zealous (in current speak) to be sure, riding herd on a bunch of men who took up Christian slaying as a hobby. So, knocking him off his ass and blind is likely the only option God had. You see, Paul thought he was already doing the work God would have him do, as a devout Jew. Sound familiar with some of our current pulpit pounders?
What these Bible thumpers don't tell you is that Paul felt that the body was such a temple that the use of prostitutes was not acceptable. And, yes, many were using them then. There were the normal prostitutes we are familiar with still, and there were some who were what they called temple prostitutes, who were used without regard for the cost to the person. It was just sex, and the rationale was that the giving of the body in such a way directed the prostitute closer to heaven.
So, Paul spoke about the use of sex outside the relationship, the couplehood. He spoke about adultery, fornication, use of prostitution, etc., all of which take place outside a committed relationship. Hmmm...you never really hear about this part of the scripture, do you?
There are a great number of pastors and preachers, haters and professional hypocrites, and even some who are quite sincere...all telling us that homosexuality is bad because Paul said so right here. What they are missing is that Paul was screaming at the top of his lungs that placing anything above God was the problem. Preachers and believers of the time were justifying all sorts of things in error, still living their old lives despite their profession of belief, and putting those priorities above their relationship with God.
So, for clarification...the use of 1Corinthians6:9-11 to denounce homosexuality is out of context.