About Love and Do Not Judge

If you are looking for support for a particular Christian view of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual or Transgender issues, whether for or against, this site is not for you.  It is designed to help all persons of the mono-theistic religions, i.e. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and all others, whatever their orientation or views, to stimulate discussion on the topic, to examine what we believe we know religiously, biologically and biblically about these issues. 

I happen to have been raised in a Christian home.  I am most familiar with it, and I will therefore address these issues as a Christian.  Many of the roots of Christianity reflect notions already addressed in what we call the Old Testament.  

The Reverend, Chaplain Clifford Bond has contributed to this front page, below.

This site will celebrate the sacredness of each of us, “created in the image of God,” without regard to gender or sexual orientation. I have designed the materials to be used in a discussion group setting or in Sunday School or Sabbath School. 

We will examine some religious and societal arguments both for and against inclusion of the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transsexual) community in the life of the church, including its leadership. I advocate for love, rather than judgment. We will consider whether we are in a position to make judgments concerning others’ sexual orientation or decisions regarding their overt gender.  We will also examine the meaning of the commands in both the Christian New Testament and the Old Testament to love and not to judge.

The Good Samaritan VAN GOGH

See http://www.abcgallery.com/V/vangogh/vangogh56.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.

I notice in the above painting that the religious leaders are retreating into the background.  The man that was of a different religious orientation, from a different country, was the good neighbor.  The Samaritans were the Jews who were not deported to Babylon, who survived in the homeland and adapted to local ways.  Upon their return from Babylon, Jews shunned the Samaritans as reprobates from true Judaism, mixing pagan customs with their Jewish roots.   Upon their return, they discovered and reestablished “true Judaism.”  With the orthodoxy of the diaspara Jews, the Samaritans became the equivalent of the “bastard.”   For a Jew to even touch a Samaritan would corrupt the purity of that Jew.  For the Samaritan to lay a hand on the beaten Jew was, in the Jewish mind of that time, to corrupt the beaten man as he was being saved.  And yet, the Samaritan saw this Jew in need, put aside all differences, and cared for him as a neighbor.

With whom do we identify?  The compassionate “neighbor” or the self-righteous leaders of the beaten man’s religious family? With whom would an outsider identify us?  Those of us in “mainstream” American religious society, how do we see the person who is the good neighbor and inclusive of all into our communities, including the GLBT community?  Is such love and inclusion threatening to our sense of purity, as though it were illigitimately tainting our religious environment?  Or is that person who invites the GLBT community to our church, without judgment, being the good neighbor that each of us is “called to be?”

For an excellent discussion of the religious connection with GLBT-bashing, both for the connection and against it, see http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2010/10/03/it-gets-better-a-theological-response-to-anti-gay-bullying.  See http://www.rmnetwork.org/1-31-2011/ for activities and resources of reconciling ministries in the United Methodist Church.


Other blogs by me:

The Bible through Artists’ Eyes
Getting over Childhood: an Abandonment Paradox
If with All Your Hearts: a Faith Journey
Cry, “Justice!”

2 thoughts on “About Love and Do Not Judge

  1. Cliff Bond says:

    The outcasts of any age or orientation have one thing in common. They are somehow also labeled by God as deserving of their cast out status, using Scripture to support the legitimacy of shunning or condemning. It is true that some Scriptures condemn homosexuality, notably some of St Paul’s writings. He also said that women should keep silence in Church and if they had a question to ask their husbands at home. St Paul also said that slaves should be obedient to their masters. Do we take those Scriptures as literally as some do those that condemn homosexuals? I have friends who believe that women who wear a red dress are harlots and if a woman cuts her hair short, that labels her as impure as well. And so on. What I see is that if we want to condemn someone, we can find Scripture to back us up. Big deal. The overarching message of the Bible is that God would rather forgive than blame. I don’t like using Scripture as “Bible McNuggets–pieces parts all fused together”. Put more bluntly, when I work with families and relationships, which would I rather see, a heterosexual relationship that is unfaithful and abusive or a homosexual relationship that is faithful and loving? GLBT differences do not concern me. Lack of love, hate, discrimination and such are a big concern to me even if they come from religious people. Actually, it is ESPECIALLY if it comes from religious people.

    A Study of GLBT Issues, Religious and Scientific, Religious Pro and Con
    This Marvelous Creation https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/28
    Catholic Judgment on Homosexuality https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/33
    A Fundamentalist Protestants Condemnation of Homosexual Christians https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/37
    Dr. Dobson’s Position on Homosexuality https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/39
    Hate the Sin, but Love the Sinner Position https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/41
    A Gay Man’s Scriptural Defense of Homosexuality https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/46
    The Wesleyan Quadrilateral https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/52
    Scripture Accounts of How God Has Been Heard to Speak https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/55
    Detestable or Abominable Things https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/59
    Thou Shalt Not Kill, but… https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/65
    Offenses Punishable by Death https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/68
    Scriptures on GLBT Subjects https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/70
    Love and Mercy https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/79
    Spiritual Gifts and Love https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/81
    Gays – – – No Easy Answers; a Christian Response https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/84
    Publications concerning Hate Crimes Relating to Sexual Orientation https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/88
    Psychiatric Association: Homosexuality Is Not a Pathology https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/92
    Is There a Gay Gene? What If…? https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/95
    Two Evangelicals on Gay Marriage https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/99
    Beyond Homosexuality: What Is Transsexual https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/101
    United Methodist Groups and Positions on Homosexuality https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/103
    Cry, “Justice!” https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/124
    “It’s a Matter of Choice” https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/141
    “Clergy Call for Justice and the Quality” by Bishop Minerva C, Carconia https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/151
    Rev. Amy Delong: God Bless You! https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/154
    “Spiritual Violence” https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/187
    We Understand and Mean the Lyrics That We Sing? https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/173
    Fight for Justice https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/202
    “Fundamental” Problems https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/204
    Memorial to the Norwegian Victims of Judgment, Hate, and Fear https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/211
    Rev. Gilbert H Caldwell Speaks for Inclusiveness https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/225
    Bishop Hagya Courageously Speaks Out https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/231
    Love of God and Neighbor Letter https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/238
    What about Maladapted or Stressed Children of the GLBT Couple? https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/243
    Bob and Betty Dorrs Story https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/302
    12 Discussion Strings concerning the Bible and GLBT Issues https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/304
    2 New Year’s Greeting of 2009 https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/309
    3 Stuart’s Reply https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/315
    4 Georgia’s Reply https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/317
    5 My Response to Georgia https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/319
    6 Joanne’s Reply https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/321
    7 My Response to Joanne’s Reply https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/324
    8 Joanne’s Reply https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/330
    9 My Friend’s Reply to Me https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/340
    10 a My Scriptural Response to My Friend https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/342
    10 b My Second Response to My Friend: the Impact of “the Fall” on Our Different Views https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/345
    11 My Friend’s Scriptural Reply to Me https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/348
    12 My Response to My Friend https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/351
    13 My Friend’s Response to Me https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/362
    14 My Response to My Friend https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/364
    15 Brief, Punctuated Exchange between Rob and My Friend https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/366
    16 My Response to My Friend https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/368
    17 My Friend’s Reply to Me https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/370
    18 My Response to My Friend https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/372
    19 Concluding Response to Georgia https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/374
    Discussion of GLBT Issues
    1 On Gay Marriage: Love and Do Not Judge https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/488
    2 On Compassion and Forgiveness https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/493
    3 Compassion, Accountability, and Forgiveness https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/498
    4 On Adam Hamilton: Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/500
    5 On Frank Turk https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/502
    6 On Implications of a Dualistic World https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/505
    7 The Gospel Message That I Hear https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/507
    His Spirit Is Crying out and Yearning https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/580
    Niebuhrs’ Moral Man and Immoral Society https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/587
    Foreword to Stories of Sacred Worth https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/596
    Coming out and Signs of Hope in Our Lives https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/600
    Anonymous 1’s Story https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/603
    Abby’s Story https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/606
    Allen’s Story https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/611
    Liz Bady:: Advocate for Reconciliation https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/614
    Rev. Don Marsh: Haven’t We Come a Long Way?! https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/617
    Kathy England: A Mother’s Story https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/620
    Nan and Peggy’s Story https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/623
    Nameless https://wordpress.com/post/lovejudgenot.wordpress.com/656

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