AN ARTICLE FROM THE OMAHA WORLD HERALD BY REV. SUSAN ELLIS

 

POSTING HERE SUPPORT FOR OUR VIEWS OF BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION OF HOMOSEXUALITY 

THE ELCA (EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA) HUMAN SEXUALITY STATEMENT
A.  BRIEF STATEMENT
B.  FULL SOCIAL STATEMENT

CLICK HERE FOR WHY BEING GAY ISN'T AGAINST THE BIBLE
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THE MESSAGE BELOW IS FROM THE OMAHA WORLD HERALD SATURDAY JUNE 2, 2012

Rev. E. Susan Ellis North Side Christian Church  - Omaha NE

In this age of Facebook and Twitter, we now have a venue for sharing all of our thoughts, opinions and activities. We now know much more than we could ever care about knowing about another person. It used to be that the only public forum for opinions was on the Editorial and Opinion page of the local paper.

It is one of the first places I turn to in the morning paper, because I am fascinated by the smattering of beliefs, interpretations, ideas and total lack of information found there. People feel compelled to publicly express their beliefs as if their beliefs were the only right way of thinking.

The letters to the editor often become a forum for certain religious zealots to spew hatred, anger and some alleged superiority over others. Recently, one of the letters said “God did not create homosexuals.

They chose it. The Bible takes a clear stance against homosexuality in the books of Genesis, Leviticus and Romans. Some ministers need to go back to seminary to find out what our loving Savior tells us about the homosexual lifestyle.” I went to seminary, and what Jesus Christ said about the homosexual lifestyle was ... nothing; absolutely, positively nothing .

Jesus was concerned with real problems such as greed, bigotry, social injustice, poverty, oppression, suffering and hunger. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke record Jesus as saying, “Sell all you have and give the money to the poor.” In the Beatitudes, Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor, for they shall inherit the earth.” In more than 140 passages, Jesus commented on money, but not one time did he mention anything about homosexuality. Although he did tell us on several occasions whom we are to love. He said we are to love our enemies, our neighbor and one another as God loves us and as we love ourselves.

I cannot grasp why some people think the Jewish laws of Genesis, Leviticus and Romans that are thousands of years old have any relevance on Christians in the 21st century. We don’t use medicine or medical procedures from 2,000 years ago in today’s hospitals, so why would we use 2,000-year-old Hebrew laws that were not meant for our culture?

We humans always want to make life more complicated, instead of taking it at face value. Originally, there were Ten Commandments that pertained to our relationship with God and with one another. Jesus must have noticed how difficult it was for humans to manage 10 and compressed them into two to make it simple for us. Love God with all your heart, soul and mind; love one another as you love yourselves.

Love is mentioned three times; hatred is not mentioned once. It seems the 20th-century philosopher John Lennon was correct when he wrote, “Love is all you need.”