By Kathy Baldock, Courtesy of LGBTQ Nation
“What does the Bible say about loving, same-sex relationships?”
Nothing. Not a thing.
And in that absence of Biblical direction of support for or condemnation of these relationships, Christians need to follow the general principles of the Bible: love, justice and kindness.
This was the point Matthew Vines wanted to emphasize at his recent presentation at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan.
Matthew’s story is intriguing; he began to understand and accept that he was gay while in his first semesters at Harvard. The Wichita native knew, that by accepting his sexual orientation, he was risking his long time status in the Presbyterian church in which he had been raised, as well as relationships with family and friends.
“You realize how alone you might be when you come out,” recalled Matthew. He resolved to take a leave of absence from Harvard to embark on a scholarly study of the subject of homosexuality in the Bible.
What most people see and know of Matthew is his excellent 67-minute video, “The Gay Debate.” The presentation in itself is quite remarkable; the young man is even more impressive.
- 22-Year-Old Helping To Rewrite The History Of Homosexuality In Christianity (queerty.com)
- Matthew Vines Won’t Rest in Defending Gay Christians (nytimes.com)
- Bible and Homosexuality: Does it Matter? (dgsmith.org)
- The “Gay Christian” Blasphemy (theophilusmaranatha.wordpress.com)