I guess I should feel honored (maybe?) that you would “call me out” on a blog post. Since I love a good debate, I figured I’d respond here and maybe clear up my position a bit.
I get that we don’t all have to agree, really I do. Would I like you to agree with me? Sure. But it’s not the end of the world if you don’t.
I certainly don’t consider myself a person who hates (as some people implied in the comments), that’s for sure.
I find it a little odd that you haven’t run across the term “link bait”, but here’s what The Google has to say about “link bait“. I’ll steal from WikiPedia, “Link bait is any content or feature, within a website, designed specifically to gain attention or encourage others to link to the website…”
Which, in my opinion, is what this post was about. You picked a subject that is controversial, and then decided to say basically “Jesus would probably be a homosexual.” Again, making a controversial statement, which has gained lots of attention, Facebook “likes”, Tweets, etc.
It’s dangerous, at best, to make this assertion, and heretical at worst. Homosexuality is mentioned throughout the Bible (although some would like us to believe it’s only dealt with in Leviticus and can, therefore, be thrown out, since we don’t adhere to many of those rules anyway). Do I have all the answers? Certainly not, but it appears the Bible is fairly clearly on homosexuality.
I get your point, at least I think the point is, as The Beatles said, “All you need is love.” And yes, God is love, and followers of Christ are certainly called to love. Jesus loved all those He came in contact with, even the soldiers torturing Him and nailing Him to the cross. But that love did not mean Jesus didn’t call sin out when he saw it, and sometimes violently (see John 2:13-17).
Jesus spent tons of time with sinners. With people the religious ignored and abhorred.
HOWEVER, to imply that Jesus would come back in such a form seems purely inflammatory to me. It seems you could have made the point without saying Jesus would look this certain way. That was what I took issue with.
The pastor you mentioned was most certainly out of line, for sure. And I would venture to guess his opinion is not widely held among Christian circles (although you would think that at times).
Can I also tell you how much I HATE the word homophobia? It applies to the pastor in your post, but I hear it used all the time. When people, like myself, don’t agree with the homosexual lifestyle they are immediately labeled homophobic. I’m not scared of homosexuals. I just don’t agree with their life choices. To apply that label when it doesn’t belong basically cuts off any room for debate or honest discussion. I have homosexual friends. I love them, hopefully as Jesus would (to the best of my ability). I just don’t agree with their choices. Not agreeing is not equal to “scared of”. Okay, that’s the end of that rant.
I hope this post helps clears things up a bit.
And, as we say around here, “Loves!”