Part I Naked and Unashamed: A Christian Response to Marriage and Homosexuality

               Naked and Unashamed

                               A Christian Response to Marriage and Homosexuality

Leonard Lovett, Ph.D

 

     The narrow lens through which I view marriage is through my Judaea- Christian heritage. The broader lens through which I view marriage is through modern culture. My faith informs the perspective I bring to the table. I am unashamedly Christian and a radical follower of Jesus who is the Christ. I honestly believe that gay bashing and homophobia are wrong. I find it difficult   to worship a God who would endorse either. We are created in the image of a God who has assigned intrinsic value and worth to each of us. However when a kid brags about having two daddies or two mommies, it is time to speak to the core of the issue. We must not take lightly this delicate and sensitive matter and the framing of the issue. When our nation waffles on an issue this important, it is a sure road to moral vertigo.

     The perversion and misuse of sexuality is linked to the massive power intrinsic   within it. Sex is so powerful that the institution of marriage was designed to regulate and direct the pleasure and procreative power of same. The original divine intent of marriage is that it be unique and permanent. [Genesis 2:23ff] ”Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Marriage between male and female appears to be the biblical norm. The purpose of sex is unification, recreation and procreation.  The Faith Community has cautiously approached the task of telling especially young people how to handle their developing sexuality. There are creative ways to handle one’s sexuality, and it is called sublimation. How does a sexually starved person function as a Christian?

     Throughout scripture there is no rule for premarital sexual intercourse. Sexual Intercourse beyond the boundaries of a loving covenant relationship is an illegitimate   form of marriage because it joins persons in an illicit way without their intent to sustain a unique and permanent relationship. Consequently, premarital sex should be avoided not because it is bad but rather because it is good. It is the misuse of a good thing for the wrong reasons that makes it inappropriate. Theologically, sin is a misuse of our freedom. Multiple sexual partners equals multiple marriages. (I Cor. “He who joins himself to a harlot becomes one flesh.”

     There are essentially four (4) basic responses to homosexuality*.1. Punitive rejection This position is usually held by ultra-conservative, self-righteous, judgmental persons who use fear, hatred and homophobia as weapons to punish persons who are different. The tendency is to impose punishment upon persons we perceive to be homosexual. 2. Non-punitive rejection. This position is embraced by persons who accept homosexuals without imposing any form of punishment on them. 3. Conditional acceptance This position is embraced by persons who embrace the persons with certain negative illicit behavior as they go through a choir. 4. Unconditional acceptance. This position is embraced by persons who accept homosexuals without any conditions, for who they are as persons. Conclusion: We must be reminded that God’s love is not a “swishy” sentimental love. To emphasize the love of God and exclude His wrath is to create a god out of the figment of your imagination. An addictive adultery is far worse than homosexuality when looking at the residual and collateral damage to other persons. Narcissistic pride is the root cause of our sinfulness and rascality. We contend that Christian Scripture is our basic rule for faith and practice

 

*{Four responses are from Henry Sloan Coffin, A Passion for the Possible, Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993)

Dr. Leonard Lovett is founding Dean Emeritus of the CH Mason Seminary the Church of God in Christ

June, 2014

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