Nope, this isn’t something off of David Letterman’s show. It’s the conclusions of Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian. Vines took four years off to study the Bible to find out what its real message on homosexuality was. Vine wanted to reconcile his belief with his realization that he was gay. Queerty.com asked Vines to put together his top ten reasons that Bible-believing Christians should support same-sex relationships.
1. Condemning same-sex relationships is harmful to LGBT people. Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount that good trees bear good fruit, but the church’s rejection of same-sex relationships has caused tremendous, needless suffering to the LGBT community.
2. Sexual orientation is a new concept, one the Christian tradition hasn’t addressed. Many Christians draw on their faith’s traditions to shape their beliefs, but the concept of sexual orientation is new. Before recent decades, same-sex behavior was understood along the lines of gluttony or drunkenness — as a vice of excess anyone might be prone to — not as the expression of a sexual orientation. The Christian tradition hasn’t spoken to the modern issue of LGBT people and their relationships.
3. Celibacy is a gift, not a mandate. The Bible honors celibacy as a good way of living — Jesus was celibate, after all. But it also makes clear that celibacy must be a voluntary choice made by those who have the gift of celibacy. Requiring that all gay people remain celibate because their sexuality is “broken” is at odds with the Bible’s teachings on celibacy.