UPDATE: This film has been posted to YouTube if you want to watch it. link
Tonight, our life group skipped our normal routine to watch a documentary purportedly on the relationship between homosexuality and religion called For the Bible Tells Me So However, the documentary was actually on the relationship between homosexuality and the conservative/fundamentalist “Christian right.”
Basically, the title calls to mind the song Jesus Loves Me (which should communicate that God loves us) in contrast to the words of those who would claim homosexuality is an “abomination” simply because “the Bible tells me so.”
Since I have already written a few articles on the topic, I won’t take the time to rehash my position. However, I need to make a couple comments.
The major claims of the film were these:
- The Bible doesn’t actually oppose homosexuality.
- Sexual orientation is an inborn condition and cannot be changed.
- Love and sex go together.
- Opponents of homosexuality are dangerous to society and should be stopped.
Let me briefly address these claims:
1. “The Bible doesn’t actually oppose homosexuality.”
Basically, the full claim from the movie is that the passages in the Bible addressing homosexuality are not relevant for today because they have been mistranslated, misunderstood, or misapplied. However, I could make the same claim about the way the documentary dealt with the Bible. It’s always possible to reshape the text of the Bible to support a person’s convictions, but there’s one biblical truth that overshadows them all: People are helpless sinners, ignorant of God and his will, and we need the forgiveness and restoration made possible by Jesus’ death on the cross. Our propensity to sin will always lead us to reinterpret what we read in the direction of our greatest comfort. Therefore, the best course of action is the one which involves the least amount of “interpretation” possible.
2. “Sexual orientation is inborn and can’t be changed.”
I partially agree with this statement. I agree that humans have many different temptations. I agree that some people are tempted by drink, some by drugs, some by power, some by heterosexual relations, and some by homosexual relations. I also believe that a person’s predominant temptations are unlikely to change throughout life.
However, regardless of the style or intensity of temptation, we can resist. We are not animals.
3. “Love and sex go together.”
Our society has blended love and sex so closely as to make them indistinguishable (sometimes). Our culture will allow for sex without love (among consenting adults) but can’t imagine love without sex.
Of course, it does not need to be this way, and in fact, it should not be. I find it dangerous to connect the two closely. Many women have fallen for the guy’s request “if you love me, you’ll sleep with me.”
4. “Opponents to homosexuality are dangerous and should be stopped.”
Of course, this is the sentence that scares me the most because it’s easy to replace words:
- Opponents of the President are dangerous and should be stopped.
- Opponents of Free Speech are dangerous and should be stopped.
- Opponents of secular humanism are dangerous and should be stopped.
It scares me because it characterizes me as a member of a class that is dangerous as a whole. It scares me because it labels me as someone worth discriminating against.
I wish this post were more articulate and more carefully written, but I want to get my response out now so the conversation can flow more quickly.
Have any of you seen the film? What did you think?