Shuck and Jive

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Jesus and Marriage Equality

I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed.

Two women shall be grinding together.

It is right there in the King James Bible.
Luke 17:34-36

According to a new book by Ronald Goetz, this is part of the same-sex triptych. (The third tych are the two men in the field. Sowing their oats?)

His book is called,
Jesus and Marriage Equality: The Same-Sex Triptych of Jesus.

Here is the blurb:

Most people believe that Jesus never talked about homosexuals. Ron Goetz has uncovered proof that not only did Jesus discuss three gay and lesbian couples, but he accepted their relationships as equal to heterosexual ones. Jesus mentions three couples in "The Same-Sex Triptych of Jesus" (Luke 17:34-36). Surprisingly, the King James Version is the best Bible to see the truth about the couples. Examining the Old Testament backgrounds of the three couples, Ron Goetz persuasively argues that Jesus accepted gay and lesbian unions as equal to those of heterosexual couples. "Jesus and Marriage Equality" promises to transform the debate over homosexuality and bring healing to a divided church.

I haven't read the book yet so I cannot comment on his argument. I am a tad skeptical about "proof." But compared to all the other nonsense about what modern people think Jesus (or "God" for that matter) thought (or thinks?) about gays and gay marriage, I am sure his argument is as valid (if not more so) than
homophobic proof texting.

And it's funnier. I never noticed those verses in that way before!

I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

I remember as a kid being scared crackers of those verses because I thought they were about the

You know, I am so glad to be done with fundamentalism. I don't care what anyone's Bible says, or their Qur'an or their Ouija board. You treat people fairly. And you don't lie about them. That is the "Word of God" for me.

Mr. Goetz's heart is in the right place. He has a heart for equality and decency. He wants a world in which people don't beat others over the head with their religious books. He wants a world in which people can be free to be who they are and to receive the same respect and rights and privileges as everyone else. And if they are religious, to be able to know that their deity of choice loves and accepts them.

In the end, no one can prove who Jesus was or what he thought or even if he existed. But if there ever was a guy who was "God on Earth" who lived a life as a human ought to live it, then he certainly would have "accepted gay and lesbian unions as equal to those of heterosexual couples," as Mr. Goetz states.

Thanks, Mr. Goetz, for adding to the fun. I hope your book sells millions and convinces church people to lighten up and lose the prejudice.