We rounded up 20 of the craziest tweets from the man who could be Virginia’s next Lt. Governor (you’re not going to believe it)
But what does Sodom have to do with homosexuality? That’s a story about people who were wealthy, greedy, and refused to show hospitality to strangers in need of a little food and a place to lay their head. For the crime of seeking help, those strangers would be raped by a mob. Sounds a lot like how undocumented immigrants are treated in this country, doesn’t it?
Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
— Ezekiel 16:49, King James Version
Jesus understood inhospitality toward those in need to be the core sin of Sodom. In Luke 10, he sends his followers out in pairs to Samaritan towns (note: Samaria and Israel were not friendly toward each other) with no food, no water, no money, not even sandals on their feet, and he tells them to rely on the hospitality of these strangers who they have been taught from childhood to hate and who have been taught likewise. He tells them that if they get no hospitality, they should wipe the dirt off their feet, proclaiming loudly to the town that the dirt on their feet is all they got here and the people can have it right back. Then he goes on:
But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.
And then continues on with a repudiation of the Jewish towns he knows have failed to exhibit proper Biblical hospitality. This is followed by a familiar parable: that of the Good Samaritan.
Whenever anyone argues against marriage equality because of their religious views as a Christian I just want to hit them over the head repeatedly with a Bible whilst yelling
ADULTERY ISN’T ILLEGAL!!
LYING ISN’T ILLEGAL!!
DIVORCE ISN’T ILLEGAL!!
DISRESPECTING YOUR PARENTS ISN’T ILLEGAL!!
WORKING ON THE SABBATH ISN’T ILLEGAL!!
WORSHIPPING OTHER GODS ISN’T ILLEGAL!!
THE LAW DOES NOT FOLLOW THE BIBLE!!!!!
I’m a Christian and I approve this message.
If you’re a Quaker, like or reblog this. I want to follow you.
Surely it is the nature and quality of a relationship that matters: one must not judge it by its outward appearance but by its inner worth. Homosexual affection can be as selfless as heterosexual affection, and therefore we cannot see that it is in some way morally worse.
Homosexual affection may of course be an emotion which some find aesthetically disgusting, but one cannot base Christian morality on a capacity for disgust. Neither are we happy with the thought that all homosexual behaviour is sinful: motive and circumstance degrade or ennoble any act…
…An act which expresses true affection between two individuals and gives pleasure to them both, does not seem to us to be sinful by reason alone of the fact that it is homosexual. The same criteria seem to apply whether a relationship is heterosexual or homosexual.
The [Department of Defense] paid $100,000 to sponsor a strategy workshop in September featuring a session called ‘Did Jesus die for Klingons, too?’ on the theological threat to Christianity that the discovery of life on other planets might pose.