I’m normally not one to forward or post anything with a religious tone. Consider this post a rarity.
When I saw this video about two days ago, I was in total awe. I wish I could have been sitting in the pews that Sunday morning to hear such enlightened words come from a Baptist pastor. I was moved with every word…not for reasons some may think. Not everything in my life revolves around the fact that I’m gay. I don’t condone things, or always agree with things, solely because it has to do with an issue facing the LGBT community. You have to use your mind and good judgment on everything. This pastor, possibly not liked by everyone at that church afterward, spoke with pure conviction from his heart. Sure, he was defending President Obama because of his statements about the freedoms for LGBT citizens, but he also brought attention to what the Bible has to say about homosexuality.
I had never heard anyone talk this frankly about what wasn’t “spoken” by Jesus. Most Christian denominations believe that the Bible is infallible, but they also, from experience, like to add what they feel is relevant when needed. I can say this because I was born and raised a Southern Baptist….hopefully in the near future to become Episcopal.
At any rate, as much as I love the Bible and see it as a book of devotionals and good wonderful lessons to keep close to heart, the versions today (yes, there is more than one version) are descendants of texts written hundreds of years ago that needed translated to languages we can understand in the modern time.
Have you ever played the childhood game called Telephone? One person leans over and whispers something into the ear of the person next to them. This action carries on till the message gets to the last person. The object of the game is to see if the message can get to the last person without become warped and misconstrued. Ninety-nine percent of the time, the message is so warped by the time it reaches the last person, it is nothing like the original. As it passes through the group, it tends to become what the person thought he heard or what he wanted to hear. I often look at the Bible as being passed along like the message in that game. In this case, who knows what the translator (not King James himself…it was done in his namesake) was thinking and what he wanted in the text.
Without the long story of the Bible’s history and translation, we know that it can be used as a guide for our lives today. The other point is that times are tremendously different now than they were during the Protestant Reformation or even 100 years ago. By understanding its place and its usage, one can make educated statements. Those statements don’t include hatred and harm to others. The Bible was never written as a weapon. This pastor understands that and has the guts to stand up and teach it.
I feel like I’ve been to church! Can I get an Amen?!