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The Bible, Christianity, & Homosexuality Paperback – July 14, 2008
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About the Author
The Rev. Justin R. Cannon is the founding director of Inclusive Orthodoxy (www.InclusiveOrthodoxy.org), a Christian ministry seeking a revitalization of the church that is inclusive of all people in the life and ministry of the church regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation, and also grounded in the scriptures and traditions of the Christian faith. Rev. Cannon received his Bachelor of Arts from Earlham College and his Master of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. He was ordained in The Episcopal Church as a deacon on June 4, 2011 and a priest on December 3, 2011. Rev. Cannon’s work has been featured in The Advocate, New York Times, Los Angeles Times. In 2006, Rev. Cannon was recognized as one of OUT Magazine’s Top 100 most influential gay people of the year and in 2007 as one of Instinct Magazine’s Men of the Year. He is also the founder and director of a ministry in California called Holy Hikes (www.holyhikes.org) and has a strong interest in eco-theology and environmentalism.
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As an individual Christian I have come to personally know gay, Lesbian, queer people who are friends, relatives, and customers, I have found them to be moral, honest, upright people, the very kind of people Christ came to make his church like.
SO how can we feel Christian urgings to kind and support and respect the rainbow coalition, and yet our Bibles seem to condemn that?
The answer is to go back and read your Bibles more carefully. What exactly is Leviticus talking about? Homosexuality or heterosexual pagan prostitution with male and female religious prostitutes? What exactly in Paul speaking about? Homosexual love and desire for monogamy with a homosexual lover, or child abuse by heterosexual men abusing boy prostitutes promoted in pagan temples by male slave-owners acting as pimps?
Are Lesbians the subject of Romans 1, or is it heterosexual women, leaving their husbands for sexual novelty with other women? This book by Justin Cannon is a very careful study of the Bible and what it actually says. After reading it, it became clear that the Bible condemns exploitation of women and boys by heterosexual males under the cover or religion. It also condemns mercantile sex especially when involving wealthy males using enslaved per-adolescents pimped by slave-merchants. While there is no text in the Bible saying homosexual marriage is OK, there are plenty of texts telling us to be patient and supportive of those suffering from being different to the majority. If the religion of Christ realizes no national discrimination, no economic discrimination, no gender discrimination, why in Heaven's name should we oppose the love, faithfulness, and monogamy of same sex marriages? My Bible has rules against fornication, promiscuity, adultery, and exploitation of others for sexual pleasure, but these rules apply just the same to male/female partners as they do to male/male and female/female partners. The Bible requires all of us to be truthful and moral, but I can find no text that requires us all to be born and live normal.
Instead of just relying on opinions based upon bias and prejudice gone to seed, they can get the real biblical approach to their questions.
This is a very important pastoral resource for those involved in counselling both the individual and the family members of someone who's life journey brings them to an emergence from their cocoon of denial. It can enable them to effectively meet their needs to both accept themselves and be accepted by those they hold dear.
Additionally, this should be compulsory reading for any pastor or teacher who steps into a pulpit. To ensure that when they do put their foot in their mouth they have enough sense to know how to remove it while ministering Grace, to those they have previously damaged.
Not too short. Not too long. Just right!