Can you tell me where I can find this Scripture passage? (Hint: It is not in the New Testament.)
In recent days there has been a glut of discussion on the issue of gay marriage, prompted by a response by Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, an avowed Baptist, on a religious program to a question regarding his beliefs on marriage. Two facts are outstanding in that regard.
First of all, Cathy made no anti-gay statement. The statement he made was positive, in support of what he believes to be the biblical definition of marriage. If it was anti-gay, it was also anti-divorce, anti-adultery and anti-fornication.
Second, this appears to an ambush job, designed to damage Chick-fil-A. Ken Coleman, the program host, knew when he asked the question what Cathy’s response would be, as did K.A. Blume, editor of the Biblical Recorder. If someone were planning to start a nationwide firestorm, surrounding a company, I can’t conceive of a faster way to do it.
Gay rights activists, almost as if on cue, jumped in with charges of an anti-gay agenda by Chick-fil-A. On the other side, we have radical religious groups, claiming Biblical support for the premise that homosexuality is a sin, based primarily on pre-Christian doctrine and the Law of Moses. Christ did not address the issue directly. There are passages in which Christ addressed marriage in the terms of the custom of the day, which was man and wife, except, of course, polygamy was prevalent throughout biblical times. So, what was the custom in Christ’s time?
When attempting to use the Bible to support such an argument, reference is made to passages in the writing of the disciples and later followers, each of whom may or may not, have been pushing his own agenda. It is known that the Gospels we read are not the only, and not necessarily the most accurate, Gospels written.
It would seem that the current nationwide fight is really between radicals on both sides of the issue. Gay activists insist that Chick-fil-A has an open anti-gay agenda, a charge which is without documentation. The organizations to which Cathy donates do not have negative agendas or mission statements. On the other side we have the religious radicals who insist upon referencing pre-Christian scripture, forgetting that Christ’s teachings were of love and compassion for all. He did not condemn gays, so why should I, or why should you?
Between the radical activists are the rest of us. We are told that everything is a sin or that nothing is a sin, that to disagree is to hate, that tolerance is unacceptable, that understanding is weakness and that one must be on one side or the other. None of these conditions describe how civilized people resolve differences.
In my discussions I have found friends, who normally are willing to rationally discuss any issue, now refusing to accept that my thoughts are motivated by anything short of ignorance, bigotry, hatred or blasphemy. I found that attitude to be equally true of straight and gay friends. I had to remind several friends of the times I have promoted their cause and stood beside them during conflicts. I also had to remind some other friends of the message of love Jesus brought, and that the church has too many internal problems to be bringing judgment against others.
The recent events will, if we allow them, drive a wedge in our society that will eventually destroy lives, families and friendships and bring great shame upon us as a people.
By the way, if you are still searching for the Scripture reading, you will not find it in the Bible. Moreover, you will not find any such command in the Bible. It is a direct quote from the Koran, the Scripture which formed the basis for the childhood religious teachings of President Obama.
As a friend of mine wisely pointed out “The struggle is not for gay rights. It is for equal rights” That’s a concept I find very difficult to argue against.
I am pretty sure, though, it has nothing to do with chicken sandwiches.
Pete Borden is a retired masonry consultant in east Cobb.