If Only There Were More Like Hymn

With more people like this, the world would be so much better

I went back to Scripture and began to study the matter more seriously. I discovered that the Old Testament also seems clear on this issue: If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination (Leviticus 20:13).

But in that same, long section of Leviticus (known as the Holiness Code) one sees that it is also an “abomination” to touch pigskin, to eat shellfish and to have relations with a woman during her period.

Have you ever touched a football? Eaten shrimp? Made love to your spouse during menstruation?


So what, then, does the Bible teach? Well, many things, of course. But one of its main themes is covenant faithfulness — God’s covenant faithfulness to humanity, and our call to be similarly faithful in our deepest relationships. That’s why I believe, along with a growing number of other clergy (including rabbis and ministers from other traditions), that as people of faith, as people who believe the Bible, we need we need to stop trafficking in stereotypes and stop using the Bible as a weapon in support of causes that wound good people.

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