By Chrissy Kirk
A sign of the times in New Zealand is pushing the Christians into very uncomfortable territory. A billboard, posted by St. Matthew in the City Church is now questioning the sexuality of Jesus himself. Baby Jesus is pictured with a halo of rainbows, beside him a text reads “Its Christmas. Time for Jesus to Come Out.”
“Some scholars have tried to make the case that he might have been gay, but it is all conjecture. Maybe gay, maybe not. Does it matter?”–Rev Clay Nelson
The billboards have developed a reputation for their controversial content. Previous displays have angered people to the point of destroying them. The Rev. Clay Nelson remains vague on the intent of the billboards. “Some scholars have tried to make the case that he might have been gay” says Nelson. “But it is all conjecture. Maybe gay, maybe not. Does it matter?” To Christians, it does.
13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
At the core of Christianity is the belief that came to show the rest of us how to live in obedience to God’s law and was sacrificed to prove to us all that God is real and loves us enough to send his son to die for us. Suggesting Jesus is gay, something the Bible calls an abomination, would suggest that Jesus broke his promise to his father to save us and is therefore blasphemous. But it’s no more blasphemous than suggesting Jesus did any number of other things the bible calls an abomination, such as being an atheist, having sex with animals, killing, lying, scheming, or eating unclean things.
But does dismantling the tenants of the Christian faith move the conversation closer to understanding and acceptance or sew seeds of distrust and anger? Does the homosexual community really want to have a conversation about homosexuality’s place in the Christian faith? Is there is a discussion to be had here? Yes. Christians have politely excused themselves from several of the Bible’s laws, but homosexuality is where the line in the sand has been drawn. Christianity has become an immoral free-for-all, to the exclusion of homosexuality.
Is being gay any worse than being a being a liar, being a cheater, adulterer, swindler or killer? All are biblical abominations, but somehow negotiable. I’m not suggesting the church should give in on the issue of homosexuality; but Christians must live biblically themselves if they hope to be taken seriously on issues of biblical morality.