March 12th, 2013
A follow-up to Pharisees, here’s a list of all the commandments, criticisms, strictures, and judgments which Jesus laid down about human sexuality.
Jesus never spoke about sexual sinners except
To utterly, unreservedly accept.
He treated the sexual sinners he met the same,
Never as if they were for some moral failure to blame.
He didn’t suggest they needed to be forgiven—
They sought love and understanding, and it was given.
He didn’t treat them with condescension—
He didn’t even bother, their sins to mention.
Who did he condemn? The self-righteous and greedy,
Especially those who derided the sinful and oppressed the needy.
Does it the self-declared Party of God’s moral authority lessen
That they don’t follow this most important lesson?
Yet commit and cover up the most heinous crime?
How many times did Jesus upbraid sexual sinners? None.
(He was less like a modern-day bishop, and more like a nun.)
So religious leaders, and politicians who their politics supposedly on Christianity base:
Please think about what you’re teaching your base.
Instead of obsessing about what to condemn and what to forbid,
Try doing more of what Jesus did.
Here’s Hardball’s 3/12/13 panel discussion about modern-day Catholicism. (Speaking of nuns, former nun Mary Johnson joins the panel…)
And what about Matthew 19:9? (“And I say unto you, whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.”) Jesus’s point was not condemn adulterers, but to discourage divorce. I’d also argue that Matthew 5:27-29 (“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”) is not about condemning those who have lusted in their hearts, but challenging them to not to do so. And remember that though Jesus instructed one of his followers to keep the commandment to not commit adultery, but when a woman was brought before him who had (and had been caught in the act), instead of ordering her execution by stoning as her accusers wanted to, he told them “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” When the woman’s accusers all then left, Jesus told her “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”
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