Andrew Sullivan, some guy from the “Log Cabin Republicans, and two ministers are on the Larry King Show tonight discussing among other things the impact of the Foley Scandal on “purging” homosexuals from the Republican party. It must be near an election because the Republicans are attempting to divide the electorate with litmus tests and divisive issues. I don’t think a person’s sexual orientation has any bearing on whether you can or cannot do your job. I’m with former President Carter who said that nowhere in the Gospels does Jesus mention anything about homosexuals. I had to check it out for myself, but he’s right, it ain’t there. Jesus had a lot to say about being rich and a lot to say about the poor. He talked about peace and about turning the other cheek and forgiving your enemies 77 times but nothing about sexual orientation. You’d never know it to hear some of the ministers of his gospel. You’d think sexual orientation had something to do with being a Christian. Oh, I know the church says it does, but the church also says war is “just” in certain circumstances. Jesus is pretty clear on that one and “just” isn’t part of the vocabulary. It seems that some of the folks who came after Jesus got politics, government and Jesus’ message and put them together in an attempt to control a certain portion of the electorate. You don’t suppose that sort of thing is still happening today?
There’s a line in St. Matthew’s Gospel most of these folks miss and that is, “You hypocrite! First remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye.”