As I noted in a post a few days ago, 2016 will be an important year for the United Methodist Church. When delegates representing every conference in United Methodism arrive in Portland, Oregon the most contentious issue facing them will be our church’s stance on same sex marriage. In a nutshell, will the General Conference allow our clergy to officiate at marriages for same sex couples who have marriage licenses (in some states) or even in places which have not recognized same-sex unions as legal. The answer to this question threatens to cause a schism within our denomination.
In light of the gravity of the situation, I thought I would look at what Jesus of Nazareth (i.e. the Son of God, second person of the Trinity, God incarnate) says about homosexuality and gay marriage.
Here’s what Jesus says about homosexuality and same sex unions: absolutely nothing.
There isn’t a single recorded incident in the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) of Jesus having said anything about homosexuality or people of the same gender choosing to marry. For something that’s presented as an immense religious and cultural issue, isn’t it odd that our main guy (Jesus) whose title “Christ” was used to identify his followers (Christians) says nothing about this issue. While silence doesn’t equate to affirmation, it is impossible for anyone to claim Jesus’ words or Jesus’ name as their reasoning for opposing a change in United Methodism’s policies regarding who is worthy to be wed in God’s house.
Some may quote Moses (from Leviticus) or Paul (from Romans) in response to Jesus’ silence. Paul and Moses weren’t on a cross at Calvary. I’m sticking with Jesus.