Shuck and Jive

Opinions expressed here are my own and do not represent the views of the congregation I joyfully serve. But my congregation loves me!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Natural and Unnatural

The home-run text often used to knock gays out of the church ballpark is Romans 1:26-7:

For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error.
Supposedly these two verses guarantee that God condemns all same-gender affection. "It just ain't natural" so goes the argument.

So what is "natural?" Is this natural?

The one on the right would be me. Steve of Monkey Muck is the one playing coy. See that little blip of hair there in the back? It's the new ponytail I have been sporting to the bemusement of my congregation, family, friends, and mother.

It is more serious than that. Paul, the same Bible guy who was worried about unnatural shameless acts, had this to say about Self-Affirming, Practicing Long-Haired Preachers like me:

Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair, it is degrading to him,
Nature! Nature! I am degrading and unnatural. A misfit. A freak of the cosmos. An abomination. A C Minus! Yet I'm still a-preachin' beloveds. Nobody has challenged my ministerial credentials over my unnatural hairstyle for which I remain unrepentant.

Seems like the the true Bible believers are a bit selective in regards to what is natural or not, or at least in regards to how they will prosecute said unnaturalness. They don't believe in the authority of the Bible any more than a three-eyed fish.

They are selective and they put their own prejudices onto the text. They are so dim that they think their own personal comfort is what 'nature' is.

Tim at Straight-Friendly posted an excellent piece, The Unnatural Lifestyle
. Tim writes:
“Unnatural” is a despicable word loaded with malicious connotations. Worst of all, though, people who tag others as “unnatural” at the same time boast of being “natural.” They expect everyone to define the world—and themselves—on their terms. Such arrogance and ignorance are astounding. With very, few exceptions “unnatural” is a misnomer because it’s no easier for humans to override their native instincts than any other creature. What seems unnatural to one is inherently natural to another.
Well said, friend.