The Curious Silence of the Christian Left
Concerning ‘gay marriage’ one of the things which seems most sorely lacking among the people of the left is any sort of attempt to base their views of support in Scripture historically-critically exegeted.
Now to be sure there have been some faltering attempts but none of them have been what anyone could call ‘persuasive’. Sure, Leviticus isn’t taken in full seriousness among Christians today and we do in fact ignore lots of the laws in that book. But when you arrive at Romans it’s another story altogether. 1 Corinthians 6 also is fairly self disclosing.
Bits and pieces of other texts are removed from their contexts by the ‘left leaners’. But these snippets really are nothing more than slogans but sloganeering can hardly be called exegesis. Of late, for instance, Acts 10:28 has become beloved as it suggests that no one should be called common or unclean. Fair enough- no one should be called common or unclean- but that isn’t the same thing as saying no act should be called sin.
Decontextualized texts aren’t any sort of foundation upon which to build an ethical position.
I’ve read a lot of papers, essays, and discussions about Christian support of gay marriage but I have yet to see a single one base its views on a text properly exegeted (and by properly, I mean using the tools of historical criticism). Shouldn’t, even for liberal left leaning Christian folk, actions and behaviors rest upon a biblical foundation? They’re quick to cite the Bible when it talks about love (and justifiably) but why be so silent when it speaks so clearly on the topic of sexual behavior?
That silence isn’t just curious, it’s bizarre.
[When it comes to what the agnostics and atheists and Buddhists and all the rest think about the subject, I, frankly, just don’t care. Their views aren’t my concern and really aren’t all that interesting. My interest is with the Christians asserting the propriety of both gay sexual activity and gay marriage. Where’s the exegetical reason?]