Sometimes you can write things of general interest to a general audience and not chap anyone’s ass, and sometimes you write to a specific audience about a specific topic and aggravate people who are always looking for slights. I can do both, but prefer the latter since if I’m picking on you, I’m leaving someone else alone, and there are a lot more of someone else’s around, but very few of you.
I think my post to the Christian community on the topic of Sodom may have been one of those sort of posts that some people in the GLBT community may have taken the wrong way, since any mention of Sodom must of course be about sexuality, especially their sexuality, except of course the mention of it in Ezekiel, the thrust of which was the sufficiency of bread, freedom from care, and an unwillingness to strengthen the arm of the poor, and then ” they really pissed me off!” (see also Nephilim)
When one looks through the concordance, one finds quite a few references to sexual immorality, heterosexual immorality, but these things are dwarfed by the mentions of the mistreatment of the poor, and perverting judgments against the widows, orphans, and poor. Usually mentions of adultery and fornication are allusions to spiritual immorality, not always, but usually. Everyone tends to overlook that fact, and the more likely so, the more likely the behaviors are exhibited by them on both, or either level.
If I were a Biblical scholar I could change the translation of the words and the meaning of the text to suit my theology, but I am not, so I have to read it in another manner, always checking it against the original languages, always bearing in mind that even those are reconstructions and copies of long lost originals, while keeping in mind that no other book has been subjected to as much literary criticism, and as such, has been subjected to being bandied about in the most abusive of terms by everyone and anyone that finds their behaviors enumerated in a bad light by the book, including myself. Hence, I am constantly advised to observe the ant, oh grasshopper.
What I cannot do is change my faith, or the tenants of my faith, while freely acknowledging that my interpretations of that are not the only valid interpretations. I could be wrong. There seems to be some misguided thinking that sees one sin to be more sinful than another, without considering just what sin is it that does not incur death? Even the Apostles were not spared of their humanity, and hence their tendency toward sin. This thing we are doing is a process, that never reaches the point of being without flaw, or sin.
So on occasion I will speak out publicly on some issues on a spiritual level, when there are certain groups of Christians that seem to take it upon themselves to go beyond the teachings and to do what they ought not to be doing, however well intentioned the motive may be, in their own minds, it is a pushing beyond the things taught, and that puts me in the awkward position of posting something critical about their efforts.
Enraging non-believers towards the Christ is hardly conducive to spreading the Gospel, and what profit is it if one is saved and a million stumbled because of your good intentions? For whether we like it or not, these things are not occurring in a corner, and they are not going unnoticed by those whom you should be reaching out to. I worry that these things are occurring so publicly for your glory, and not the glory of our God or his Christ,
None of this impacts, or impacts my thinking on, the civil level, nor should it. What the state’s relationship is to its’ citizens is not under the purview of the Bible. Equality under the law is a Biblical tenant, to be sure, but it is also enshrined in the Constitution, and that document is a function of, by, and for the state, we the people being the state.
So there is no wavering on my part in support of the Constitutional civil rights guaranteed to all of America’s citizens, not just those whom I happen to agree with in either civil or spiritual matters. I certainly am proscribed from judging anyone’s behavior in spiritual matters, and common decency would dictate to me that that is the case in temporal ones as well.