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FREDERICKSBURG FREE LANCE-STAR
(Virginia) Letter: What would Jesus do?
Love and accept gays
Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, May 30, 2003
P. O. Box 617, Fredericksburg, VA, 22401
(Fax: 703-373-8450 ) (E-Mail: email@example.com )
Letter: What would Jesus do? Love and accept gays
In her recent letter, Patricia C. Andrews says, "it is clear that
one must be in the spirit to understand things of the Spirit of God," ["The
Bible's stand on homosexuality is no 'suggestion,'" May 19].
It is clear she has resorted to spiritless legalism to justify
prejudice against gays while ignoring the overriding spirit of love,
compassion, mercy, justice, and reason that Jesus taught when discerning
Xenophobia means fear of the stranger. Extreme groups, whether
nationalistic or religious, tend to be xenophobic. Philoxenia is another
word, a wonderful word found in the New Testament. It means love of the
stranger and is often translated as hospitality. It is philoxenia that
landed Jesus into trouble with religious authorities and is the source of
much controversy in the church today.
Jesus associated with all kinds of people considered irreligious,
unclean, and to be avoided by good, outstanding citizens. In Jesus' day,
eunuchs were considered sexually deviant and were not allowed in the
Like gay people today, they were humiliated unjustly, cut off from the
church and denied a full life. Jesus embraced the eunuch. Is there a
lesson here for us today?
We are all one human family. There is no "them," there is only
I would like to wipe out prejudice and discrimination in my lifetime. May
we all work together in a spirit of love to make this dream come true.
- Cris F. Elkins, Stafford
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To the Editor:
Responding to Cris Elkins on homosexuality and the Bible -- To understand some things in the Bible, you might have to be "in the Spirit", but some things are just common sense. What would a common sense reading of Christianity look like?
Jesus did indeed associate with all kinds of persons, but He did not approve of all kinds of behavior. The whole of the Biblical message is built on the distinction between "who we are" and "what we do" -- two very different things. Jesus died to save all persons, not to preserve all behavior.
The law and the grace of God define our reason for existence. Jesus died because of our behavior contrary to our reason for existence, including sexual addiction, in order to free us from it, and restore us to our reason for being alive -- summed up in the law of love.
Homosexuality is a compulsive, lethal, addiction. Those engaged in the homosexual lifestyle lose somewhere between 30% to 40% of their lifespan off the normal American lifespan in the middle to high 70's. Acting out homosexual persons, on average, do not live much beyond their middle 40's.
When AIDS hit the news in the early 1980's, homosexual persons were warned, by those both in and out of "the lifestyle", that if they continued with their typical behavior, they would likely get AIDS and die. What would one expect from a behavior like anal intercourse? Health?
Their typical response was, "You are attacking who I am, not my behavior. Homosexuality is who I am." Trying to stop something you think is your identity feels like suicide, so it becomes compulsive. Homosexual persons continued the lethal behavior, and so continued to die.
Compulsive continuance of lethal behavior is clear evidence of a severe pathology. Common sense. That the American Psychological and Psychiatric Associations cannot stand up and affirm that tells us that they no longer have the health and welfare of homosexual persons at heart.
But Jesus does. There was no "gay rights" movement among the Jews, and Jesus did not start one. He loves us too much.
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