SENTINEL 5-17-2012
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Gay Christians?

Obama, Jackson, & Sharpton weigh in

The Firpo Files

(Sentinel, May 17, 2012)

The title "Gay Christians" would be an oxymoron to inspired Bible writers. They would refuse to subject themselves to what is currently politically correct.

Likewise, Christians today unapologetically embrace what is scripturally correct.

It should be acknowledged, though, that while God created humans both male and female--instructing them to procreate and populate the planet--after they sinned, he gave their offspring the option to choose a sex partner of either gender.

He decreed, however, that lawful sex should be within the secure bounds of a marriage between a male and female. (Genesis 1:26-28; Matthew 19:4-6) Same-sex unions are strictly forbidden.--Romans 1:27; 1 Corinthians 6:9.

But how do professed Christians (and citizens of a "Christian" nation) Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton factor into the discussion of gay marriage and Christianity?

Dropping the Obama Bomb: Last week, President Obama came out in full support of the controversial gay marriage initiative.

The collective Black community from Los Angeles to New York was aghast, yes, blown away by this Obama Bomb.

Team Obama apparently concluded that having the powerful gay lobby backing him is worth the risk of alienating the Black and Hispanic communities, both of which have been traditionally and consistent against gay unions.

The Los Angeles Times reports: "This week alone, African American voters were instrumental to passing North Carolina's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage."

"Messy" Jesse?: Baptist minister Jesse Jackson (a fellow columnist here at the Sentinel; also, formerly our respective talk shows aired back-to-back on Clear Channel Radio) praised President Obama's decision to support same-sex marriage.

Jackson went so far as to compare the gay marriage campaign to the anti-slavery struggle; as well as to the fight to repeal miscegenation laws in certain Southern states.

Such laws were designed to prevent Blacks from marrying Whites.

Regarding the president's support for same-sex marriage, Jackson said in a Los Angeles Times interview:  "This is a bold step in the right direction for equal protection under the law for all citizens."

"Protection against what?" asked one Christian man. "There are no federal laws crafted to attack gays."

Though Jackson may consider his musings profound, one blogger wrote: "The village idiot hath spoken." Is Jackson trying to make up for his disparaging remark about then-Senator Barack Obama?

In my column for July 17, 2008, I wrote: "Last week ... Jesse Jackson intimated that, although having little or no experience as a surgeon, it was his firm desire to perform a gonadectomy on Senator Barack Obama. ...

"In plain English, regarding the Presidential candidate, Jackson told a fellow interviewee on Fox News the following: ‘I want to cut his nuts off.'

"Jackson's ambitious medical aspirations aside, I personally think the low tonal nature of Senator Obama's voice is just fine the way it is." 

Sharp-Tongued Sharpton?: The Times quotes Sharpton (also an occasional Sentinel columnist)  as saying: "I salute President Obama's statement today supporting same-sex marriage ...

"This is not about mine or anyone's personal or religious views. It is about equal rights for all. We cannot be selective with civil rights.

"We must support civil rights for everybody or we don't support them for anyone." Does one have the civil right to scream "fire!" in a crowded theater?

Black, White, & Gray: According to U.S. News & World Report, one Obama "ad depicted Romney favoring personal profits over worker well-being by highlighting [Romney's former company's] role in a failed steel company whose workers were laid off and had their pensions and health plans reduced while [Romney's company] profited."

Team Obama hopes to successfully characterize Romney "as a wealthy businessman out-of-touch with common pocketbook concerns."

Black "Christian" Obama and White Mormon Mitt are leaving African American "Christian" voters in the gray.

They like Barack because he's Black, but don't like his stand on same-sex marriage. They like Romney's stance against gay marriage, but don't like that the Book of Mormon says that non-Whites have to turn White to get to heaven.

Conclusion: For some voters there is a clear line of demarcation between protecting an individual's human rights, and assigning gay couples the option to marry.

"We're talking apples and oranges," says Clyde, a Black man from Inglewood. "And comparing slavery to gay marriage? That's the ultimate insult to every descendant of slaves!" 

While God's "will is that all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth" (1 Timothy 2:4, New World Translation), same-sex unions are not his will, despite the advent of the mis- and maltranslated "gay-friendly Bible."