aside Has Anyone Asked the Question, What If Jesus Was Gay?

I’ve been become somewhat obsessed with the Evangelical community who voted for the republican President Donald Trump and who continue to support this man whom I see as evil. The Evangelical Christians have continued to back this leader who is a chronic liar, has racist impulses, has bragged about grabbing women in their private parts, has a history of serial adultery, and this is just for starters. These Evangelicals comprise about 35% of the president’s base.

I am always open to being wrong as I am not the final arbiter of truth and what is right. But in this case the president’s actions can’t be excused away. I am talking about the policy his administration had announced on the 7th of May 2018, where little children, even infants and toddlers have to be separated from their parents who are daring to seek asylum at the US/ Mexico border for an indeterminate amount of time. THIS IS NOT CURRENT LAW, BUT A POLICY THAT CAN BE ADJUSTED UNILATERALLY BY OUR PRESIDENT AT ANY POINT IN TIME.  Frankly, the bible that I read is very clear as to how Jesus feels about those who mistreat his little ones.

I openly admit that I am a person of faith. The silence of my Evangelical brothers and sisters on this issue is deafening and disturbing.

IImage result for photos of Wentworth Arthur Matthew have been ruminating over the possibility that we here on earth are all being tested as to how we all contribute towards bringing out the best in others, how we treat others the way we would want to be treated.

I have asked myself the hypothetical question,  what if our Black brothers and sisters are the lost Hebrew Israelite Jews as described in the Bible in Deuteronomy, Chapter 28?

Many Evangelicals are obsessed with the ‘end times” and in the bible, it is clear that those who mistreat their Israeli brothers and sisters will be held to account. It would be an eye opener if these Christians who are backing a president with racist impulses, learned that their Black brothers and sisters fit this definition.

See: US Black Brothers And Sisters Claim To Be The Hebrew Israelites/Gronda Morin

Now what if the Jesus that we of faith follow, was gay. There is nothing in the bible that counters this possibility. Jesus Christ could have been gay or heterosexual or even just celibate. The point is that we don’t know. I mention this as many in the Evangelical community seem to have a negative obsessive judgmental attitude towards the LGBT folks.

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Here’s the rest of the story...

On April 20, 2012, Paul Oestreicher of the Guardian penned the following thought provoking piece, “Was Jesus gay? Probably”

Excerpts:

Preaching on Good Friday on the last words of Jesus as he was being executed makes great spiritual demands on the preacher. The Jesuits began this tradition. Many Anglican churches adopted it. Faced with this privilege in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, my second home, I was painfully aware of the context, a church deeply divided worldwide over issues of gender and sexuality. Suffering was my theme. I felt I could not escape the suffering of gay and lesbian people at the hands of the church, over many centuries.”

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“Was that divisive issue a subject for Good Friday? For the first time in my ministry I felt it had to be. Those last words of Jesus would not let me escape. “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, ‘Woman behold your son!’ Then he said to the disciple. ‘Behold your mother!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.”

“That disciple was John whom Jesus, the gospels affirm, loved in a special way. All the other disciples had fled in fear. Three women but only one man had the courage to go with Jesus to his execution. That man clearly had a unique place in the affection of Jesus. In all classic depictions of the Last Supper, a favourite subject of Christian art, John is next to Jesus, very often his head resting on Jesus’s breast. Dying, Jesus asks John to look after his mother and asks his mother to accept John as her son. John takes Mary home. John becomes unmistakably part of Jesus’s family.”

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“Jesus was a Hebrew rabbi. Unusually, he was unmarried. The idea that he had a romantic relationship with Mary Magdalene is the stuff of fiction, based on no biblical evidence. The evidence, on the other hand, that he may have been what we today call gay is very strong. But even gay rights campaigners in the church have been reluctant to suggest it. A significant exception was Hugh Montefiore, bishop of Birmingham and a convert from a prominent Jewish family. He dared to suggest that possibility and was met with disdain, as though he were simply out to shock.”

“After much reflection and with certainly no wish to shock, I felt I was left with no option but to suggest, for the first time in half a century of my Anglican priesthood, that Jesus may well have been homosexual. Had he been devoid of sexuality, he would not have been truly human. To believe that would be heretical.”

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A Good Friday procession along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem’s old city

“Heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual: Jesus could have been any of these. There can be no certainty which. The homosexual option simply seems the most likely. The intimate relationship with the beloved disciple points in that direction. It would be so interpreted in any person today. Although there is no rabbinic tradition of celibacy, Jesus could well have chosen to refrain from sexual activity, whether he was gay or not. Many Christians will wish to assume it, but I see no theological need to. The physical expression of faithful love is godly. To suggest otherwise is to buy into a kind of puritanism that has long tainted the churches.”

“Whether Jesus was gay or straight in no way affects who he was and what he means for the world today. Spiritually it is immaterial. What matters in this context is that there are many gay and lesbian followers of Jesus – ordained and lay – who, despite the church, remarkably and humbly remain its faithful members. Would the Christian churches in their many guises more openly accept, embrace and love them, there would be many more disciples.”

See:   Theo Hobson: Can liberal Christians shut up about gayness?/  TheGuardian

See: Jesus as an openly gay man | Michael Ruse | Opinion | The Guardian

10 comments

  1. I may be wrong, but I believe the whole “gay” issue was part of the Catholic/ Vatican conspiracy to shape Christianity with their own bigoted beliefs and had nothing to do with Christ’s noble teachings… to love everyone, all our brothers and sisters, as loving thyself. I guess these evangelists conveniently overlooked that primary tenet in Sunday school!

    For those without sin cast the first stone…. hmmm isn’t the very act of judging someone considered a sin?

    https://www.cfcindia.com/article/five-sins-that-jesus-hated-most

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    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      This was merely an exercise of what if? The Catholic Church as well as all the other Christian denominations do not ascribe to the concept of their Leader, Jesus Christ as being gay. Those who have dared to hypothesize on this possibility have not been well received.

      But the fact is, this is a possibility. I am trying to convey the concept that it is important to treat everyone with respect and dignity. Those who hate others as in the case of racists are not sharing the spirit of God.

      Thank you for sharing your reference.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Dear Gronda, thankyou for this interesting post. Indeed, art history shows us a very distinct image of Jesus, hmm. Bible writings began after 65 years from the crucifiction, edited, and delivered 585years later. When the world was quite innocent and writing and pictures were magic to the “ordinary” person. The only stand out is that love and peace would be a natural thing to want, to believe in. The magnificence of Church is directly related to politics, the “gentry” and to money, power and theatre. While the soul of religion is in the hearts and minds of everyday ordinary people, who somehow find the time to exist for the reward of love, family, and living with dignity. Peace and love to them all. When I ever see Jesus, I will say “hey mate, some of my friends are gay, its all cool.” Hugs mate.

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  3. Gronda, Jesus was openly inclusive hanging out with the disenfranchised. He preached about helping your neighbors and treating people like you want to be treated. Yet, I think to attempt to focus on his sexuality is irrelevant and hypothetical. It shuts too many people down. I would rather focus on his inclusion of others no matter what they believed, what they did or who they were.

    I relate it to the debate of whether Bert and Ernie were gay. Who cares? Let kids enjoy them. Same with Jesus. Whether he was gay does not matter? We should not judge people on who they love. But, based on what I read, Jesus would be tolerant of all.

    Thanks for sharing. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      You are right in saying that the sexuality of Jesus Christ here on earth is irrelevant and that we should strive towards inclusion.

      What he taught and how he acted towards others with tolerance, love, mercy and with a healing attitude is what we should emulate.

      This post was simply a hypothetical self-indulging exercise to remind some that we are not here on earth to judge the hearts of others, to treat some as less than others, to do harm.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  4. Dear Gary J,

    What Jesus railed against more than anything while he was here on earth was hypocrisy, religious pride and the turning of religion into money making propositions.

    He loved hanging out with folks who were sinners in the eyes of the religious right in his time.

    He would be cool with our gay brothers and sinners, our Black brothers and sisters and he would not be cool with those religious hypocrites who point at the sins of others while not taking a good look at themselves n the mirror.

    Hugs Mate, Gronda

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