Bishop Robinson Advocates for Gays and Warns Christians About Fear


The Rev. Gene Robinson

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2 thoughts on “Bishop Robinson Advocates for Gays and Warns Christians About Fear

  1. I have one question for you: Where, in the preaching of Christ, the Epistles and the Old and New Testament does God and Christ justify the homosexual lifestyle?

    It is a serious question, a devisive question, and one that most people are not able to answer with a satisfactory and intellectual spirit.

    It is a question regarding this post and what you have experienced and shared.

    Also,

    If those who are of the Homosexual community that believe in God, why are some of your fellow brothers and sisters crying out for tolerance yet exhibit anger, intolerance and disrespect for another persons view and right to believe what they believe?

    If those of the GLBT community want people to respect them, why are some of them not showing that respect back?

  2. Hi Timothy,

    I am not sure I understand your question: what exactly is the homosexual “lifestyle”? I mean, bears have a different lifestyle than twinks who have a different lifestyle from GUPpies, who have a different lifestyle than gay role-players, who have a different lifestyle than the closeted blog troll…and so on and so on.

    I mean I have a different lifestyle from my mom, and God didn’t really address the older widow empty-nest, grandmother, former small business owner now retired, crossword fan lifestyle, but I wouldn’t call it sinful or unworthy of civil rights as a result of that.

    If you mean where did God address love in the Bible? Hmmm, let me Google that…..Wow, so many hits it’s hard to pick just one. Wait here’s one I hear a lot at weddings:

    “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves.”
    — 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

    I think one of the things some people need to do is separate behavior that they don’t understand or appreciate or respect or whatever you call that feelings of “ugh, they do THAT?”, with the entire aspect of a person’s identity. I am gay and yet not all aspects of my life are dictated by where I like to spend my “intimate time”…

    Gay people are just that: people who are gay. People are all different from each other, unique individuals, sometimes with a lot of similarities to others and sometimes with just a few. We are driven differently from you in the love department (and with the physical aspects/expression of that love). Just like straight people, gay people don’t all express love via sex, and don’t have sex just out of love. The two are linked but not synonymous.

    Anyway, God address a lot of topics in the Bible, but not all as far as specific cases. He told what he wanted based on principles and examples. For instance, love….

    If you are looking for mention of same-sex love, then perhaps you can examine:

    Ruth and Naomi
    David and Jonathan
    Daniel and Ashpenaz

    The Bible describes three emotionally close relationships between two people of the same gender. They appear to have progressed well beyond a casual friendship. There is, however, no unmistakable evidence that they were sexually active relationships. [from http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_bmar.htm%5D

    As for your question about tolerance demands from intolerant people, I think hypocrisy is a human trait, and I checked the copyright office. Christians don’t own it, so gays can be hypocritical too.

    Of course, there’s a common sense side to tolerance. It’s not as though we are saying: ANYTHING goes…be tolerant. Realistically, we are saying: tolerate that which does not harm, believe what you want, but don’t harm others based on what you believe.

    Harm is a hard concept to nail down empirically, as some believe that somehow gay love harms straight love…I don’t see how, but they really believe that. The question is, is there some way for them to demonstate that rather dubious claim outside of just personal judgment? So far I haven’t seen it.

    It grosses them out to think of sex involving two pee-pees or two hoo-hoos, so they want to keep others from talking or reminding them about it. Cause that’s all I think this comes down to.

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