GLBT People Aren’t the Sodomites, but the Angels

Religion and marriage is the focus of an article from The Herald-Sun of Durham, North Carolina. The article explores the diverse opinons of religious institutions both for and against the current constitutional amendment in North Carolina to ban-same gay marriage equality (and civil unions as well). Part of the argument of those for the amendment is the story of Sodom. From The Herald-Sun:

In Genesis 19, Lot meets a pair of angels, whom he presumes are men, at the  entry into the city Sodom and invites them to stay at his house. That night all  the men in Sodom surround Lot’s house because they want to have sex with the  visitors.

Hoping to appease the men of Sodom, Lot suggests that they have  sex with his two virginal daughters. The men become angry with Lot, who is not  native to Sodom but is telling the men what to do. The angels strike the men  with blindness and then destroy Sodom with fire.

[Patrick L.] Wooden [pastor of Raleigh’s Upper Room Church of God in Christ] said that while he believes that God loves all people, he views the story of  Sodom as a biblical witness to God’s disapproval of homosexuality. It is a  passage that God is still speaking through today, he said.

“He holds  Sodom up as an indictment against this present generation,” Wooden  said.

However Sherri Zann Rosenthal, who attends Durham’s Beth-El  Synagogue, disagrees with interpretations that cast this passage as a  condemnation of homosexuality.

“I feel the Bible has many stories where  God’s message to us is that kindness to the stranger is like kindness to an  angel — that you never know when the stranger is an angel, and God tests us all  the time … It makes very clear it’s not about homosexuality,” Rosenthal said. “It’s about domination and abuse of people that you feel you can abuse with impunity because they are the stranger.”

What a striking new way to look at this passage from the Bible. I have heard in other sermons that the story of Sodom is really about hospitality and kindness, but never made the connection about people feeling free to abuse the angels because they are strangers. We as gay people are the strangers. We are the ones who are abused. We are the ones who are easy targets for condemnation because our alleged sin is one in which people who are not gay can feel absolution. They are not gay, so they smugly feel impunity in pointing out how guilty they think we are (It’s much easier to point out the splinter in your brother’s eye than to pay attention to the wooden beam sticking out of your own, to paraphrase another Bible passage). To condem the other sins of the bible: greed, malice, uncharitable actions towards our neighbors, adultery, is to condem the self as well. It is so much more comfortable and affirming to condemn the other; the stranger. This is, perhaps, the most ironic thing about those who use the story of Sodom as a case against homosexuality. Because we as GLBT people are not the Sodomites, but the angels.

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2 Responses to GLBT People Aren’t the Sodomites, but the Angels

  1. Watchmen says:

    You are one blinded person who has clearly beened decieved by the devil ,can you tell me anything that is natural about homosexuality,man has become so decieved all we have to do is turn to creation and see that homosexuality is unnatural.You can leave the Bible aside an see that but thats the problem they dont want to see it.Romans 1:22 … Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

    23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

    24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

    25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

    26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

    27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient

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