why you gotta be hatin’!

I had lunch the other day with my dad and as pursuant to his M.O. he moved the conversation towards religion.

His spiritual path has seen him walking as a young man almost entering the priesthood, to evolving into a rabid atheist, to finding religion again and becoming an equally rabid religious legalist.

He asked me if I’ve found out any more about the UU Ad Campaign. (which by the way it is my opinion whoever thought up that lame ass campaign should be fired, shot or both. If anyone from the UUA reads this you might want to go check and see if the person who thought this shit up even has a marketing degree.)

But I digress. Apparently the adverts are being seen. As we talked about it a little, he made a condescending remark, kind of imitating the voice of a whiny child saying the next thing you know you will have homosexuals coming to your church because “they don’t want to be told what to do. And, ‘I can do whatever I want’.” Sounds like what a religious legalist would say right.

To which I responded, “actually that is something that we pride ourselves, in that we are accepting of everyone. Our history of universalism tells us that we believe in universal salvation. People are too good for God to condemn and my congregation actually does have some homosexual couples who are members.”

“What?!? You have homosexuals in your church?”

It confounds him, as if he just heard some scientist say we’re on the brink of technology that can allow us to heat food in a box in only seconds… “we call it a microwave.”

“WHAT! It can’t be. There’s just no way. Heat food in seconds? Homosexuals allowed in church?”

You know… I would think if there was something so important for us mere mortals to concern ourselves with such as what grown consenting adults do in their bedroom, certainly Jesus of Nazareth would have said something about it. Anything!  Something!  At least, “don’t do that.”

But he didn’t.   Jesus never directly said anything about homosexuality and there are only six places where it is mentioned in the Bible.

We ought to try and expend more of our energy on trying to treat each other with a little goodwill rather than slinging hash about what we do in the bedroom.

[Deist thinks of Seinfeld episode The Outing and giggles to himself, “hee hee hee… classic. “not that there’s anything wrong with that.” Bwaah haa ha!!! ]

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2 responses to “why you gotta be hatin’!

  1. Universal salvation is not about humans being too good for G-d to condemn them. In fact Universalism says the reverse; G-d is too good to condemn humanity.

    Article II of the Winchester Profession says:
    We believe there is one G-d,whose nature is Love, revealed in one Lord Jesus Christ,by one Holy Spirit of Grace,who will finally restore the whole family of mankind to holiness and happiness.

    On to the real poin of your post …..lots of people are surprised to find out that the most mentions of homosexuality happen in the Hebrew Scriptures and not in the Christian Scriptures. This is why liberal religious people have to be biblically literate in order to conter the arguments made by the more legalistic/fundamentalistic people that get the most play.

    Real Anonymous – HA! you’re right. I sure did type that wrong and in fact said it wrong to my dad while at lunch but us being in the throws of the conversation I’m sure he didn’t notice what I said. Apparently I didn’t either. Thanks for stopping by and giving the nudge of correction and saying hi. Jules

  2. You crack me up, Tex, while at the same time writing things that I truly could have written myself. Keep up the good work.

    Will

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