The pro-“same-sex marriage” crowd is pretty angry about Proposition 8 passing in California. They are doing everything possible to sway public opinion. They may win, but the question is whether authentic Christians will hold fast to the truth.
It is sad yet amusing to see such theoretically different sets of people in agreement about the “flaws” of the Bible:
- Jack Black and other Hollywood stars create a video mocking Christians and the Bible. (Side note: If you can watch the whole video, notice how the sodomy simulations all had woman in back instead of men. That was obviously scripted for a reason. Did they think using a guy would be too graphic? It seemed kinda homophobic to me.)
- Newsweek – “Opponents of gay marriage often cite Scripture. But what the Bible teaches about love argues for the other side.” It was deeply biased logical fallacy-fest of pure advocacy that didn’t even pretend to offer a counterpoint. Among other things, it trots out the false comparison to black Civil Rights. But of course, skin color is morally neutral and sexual behavior is not. It also used the “Jesus didn’t say anything about homosexuality” line, which only has about seven serious logical errors.
- Theologically liberal / pro-gay theology Christians — they’ve been doing this the longest, but it is most irritating with them because they claim the name of Christ. At least Jack Black doesn’t pretend to be a Christian.
In short, we’ve got Bible lessons from non-believers. So what will we do?
Here’s my advice: Don’t get angry, get educated. Or get angry and educated. Are these people irritating and blasphemous? Yep. But we should use these current events to point people to the truth. Just do like they did in the Book of Acts: Share the truth with those who are interested.
For starters, respond to the shrimp / shellfish argument. It is full of holes but is appealing to many because so few bother to study the passages. I address five serious problems with it in Flaws of the Shellfish Argument. Here’s the short version: There were different Hebrew words translated as abomination. They were used differently in the individual verses and were used very differently in broader contexts. The associated sins had radically different consequences and had 100% different treatments in the New Testament. So the Jack Black / theologically liberal types are simply wrong.
From the Jack Black video:
The “Christian” characters: “Doesn’t the Bible say these people are an abomination?”
Jack Black as Jesus: “It says the exact same thing about this shrimp cocktail . . . The Bible says a lot of things . . .”
The “Christian” characters: “We ignore those verses.”
Non-Christian characters: ” . . . you pick and choose.”
The irony is that we accept all the verses as the word of God. The ones who “pick and choose” are the Dalmatian Theologians who think the Bible is inspired in spots and that they are inspired to spot the spots, or that God is changing spots or adding spots (and, oddly enough, only telling them). They quote what they like then dismiss what they don’t by saying thinks like, “the Bible doesn’t say which books belong in the Bible, so we just don’t know what parts belong.”
The literalists are the ones like Jack Black & Co. who don’t read in context.
A summary of what the Bible really says about this topic:
- 100% of the verses addressing homosexual behavior denounce it as sin in the clearest and strongest possible terms.
- 100% of the verses referencing God’s ideal for marriage involve one man and one woman.
- 100% of the verses referencing parenting involve moms and dads with unique roles (or at least a set of male and female parents guiding the children).
- 0% of 31,173 Bible verses refer to homosexual behavior in a positive or even benign way or even hint at the acceptability of homosexual unions.
Here’s a thorough analysis by James White.
Al Mohler had a good response to the Newsweek article.