Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, December 8th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 14 Comments
People make public jackasses of themselves all the time but it’s rare when a national news magazine gives someone space to do it and for a cover story, no less. NewsWeak religion editor Lisa Miller hallucinates that it’s conservative Christians who have it wrong about same-sex marriage and that the Bible’s just fine with it, thanks very much.
Mollie Hemingway over at GetReligion eviscerates this steaming pile of “exegesis” so be sure not to miss that. Me, I got this far:
First, while the Bible and Jesus say many important things about love and family, neither explicitly defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
before concluding that Miller’s piece was nothing more than spectacularly inept propaganda as well as fundamentally dishonest garbage and I didn’t need to waste any more time with it. Did they happen to leave the following out of your Bible, airhead?
And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
But Miller’s very last paragraph gives the game away.
More basic than theology, though, is human need. We want, as Abraham did, to grow old surrounded by friends and family and to be buried at last peacefully among them. We want, as Jesus taught, to love one another for our own good—and, not to be too grandiose about it, for the good of the world. We want our children to grow up in stable homes. What happens in the bedroom, really, has nothing to do with any of this. My friend the priest James Martin says his favorite Scripture relating to the question of homosexuality is Psalm 139, a song that praises the beauty and imperfection in all of us and that glorifies God’s knowledge of our most secret selves: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” And then he adds that in his heart he believes that if Jesus were alive today…
Ballgame. Thanks for playing.