But now when you open the Bible, you have a riot of color and the words in red get lost amongst the blues and greens and violets and oranges. And it is apparently not so obvious that the peacemaker is blessed (Matt. 5:9) and those who live by the sword will die by it (Matt 26:52); or that whomever is without sin should cast the first stone (John 8:7); or that your designation as a lamb or goat will be determined by how you treat the “least of these” (Matt 25:40,45). And, apparently, the condemnation of gay bashing (Matt. 5:22) and command to “not call unclean what God has made holy” (Acts 10:15), have equally gotten lost. In the newspaper today is a story about the Baptists in North Carolina passing an anti-gay policy (Baptists in N.C. OK anti-gay policy http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/nation/16014974.htm). This is apparently the beginning of a witch hunt for “gay friendly” churches. A spokesman goes on to explain that homosexuality is the only sin that has its own advocacy group. You can’t reason with this kind of narrow-mindedness, the whole point is that homosexuality is not a sin, but the way God has created some of His children. By ignoring the above scripture, they misread a small number of “proof texts” that have a much more powerful message that that ten percent of the population should be disenfranchised by the church. The article goes on to state that the resolution radically changes the entire relationship between the Baptist Convention and its member churches. While previously member churches were only required to support the convention through funding and co-operation, now, well I’ll let them tell you “any churches that ‘knowingly act to affirm, approve, endorse, promote, support or bless homosexual behavior’ will be barred from membership”. But any church that acts
Maybe it isn’t fair to blame a colorful Bible for all the problems in Christianity; maybe the problem is what it always is; monochrome minds and a blackened soul. What do you think?