Hetero-centric viewsBy Ron Chupp Goshen, Ind.
I’ve read the articles and responses to “Should One Issue Define Us?” (Nov. 28). Many responses demonstrated how biblical passages have been taken out of context and distorted to suit the desires of the heterosexual majority. For example, Ron Stucky (Letters, Dec. 12) stated “obedience to God” was the greatest commandment, yet my Bible reports Jesus said the greatest commandment was to “love God with all our hearts, souls and minds, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.” The warning in Matt. 7:13-14 had to do with not following the will of God by doing justice and showing mercy to the hungry, the sick, widows, orphans and aliens. It had nothing to do with homosexuality. Jesus did speak against sexual immorality, but the assertion that this included homosexual behavior is a hetero-centric interpretation.
Elizabeth Hershberger (Letters, June 25) asks what “despicable sin” we will try to make acceptable after homosexuality. I’m leaning toward allowing men to sleep in the same bed as their wives while on their period, allowing people to wear clothes made of mixed cotton and linen, or — heaven forbid — allowing people to eat pork, all of which the Bible states are abominations to God. We might even allow greed to seep into the church. Oops! Too late. What if God is waiting to send Jesus back until we all follow his will instead of our own prejudices and make the church a safe place for all?
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