One thing I know for certain is that the Scripture belongs to all of us. It is not solely reserved for the religious conservatives. The Scripture told a story about our God who stands with people nobody will love by sending his beloved son to live with us for a time.
Jesus talked about loving our neighbors: “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others?” (Matthew 5:46-47)
Why does God creates gay people to live among us? God did this not to provoke us, but to see who among us will truly love them as our neighbors. It is only by loving the people who are different than us can we fulfill Jesus’ commandment to us.
Matthew chapter 19 has been long used to justify the value of traditional marriage, how God created man and woman, and that God blessed their joining with marriage. All that was true, but gay people also received a blessing when Jesus talked about the fact not everyone can be in a traditional marriage.
“For there are different reasons why men cannot marry: some, because they were born that way; others, because men made them that way; and others do not marry for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:12)
We know Jesus did not marry for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven. Some males lost the ability to marry because they were castrated as a condition for providing royal service. The people who were born unable to participate in a traditional marriage included gay people. Jesus made a point that castrated people as well as gay people can be included in the circle of holy people. Jesus stood with these people on that day, and he stands with these people today.
Gay marriage is not the same as traditional marriage, but for an instance of gay marriage to be successful it requires blessing from God as well. One of my favorite Scripture passage was from Galatians:
But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these. (Galatians 5:22-23)
A gay marriage based on love carrying no laws of prohibition is not that hard to imagine. If that indeed come to pass then we have to remember again that the Scripture belongs to all us, yes even to the gay or the castrated people too.
Heavenly father, may your justice stay with our nation. We pray for your people who cannot marry right now; they are our brothers and sisters too. We also give thanks because you send Holy Spirit to sustain us, even though people do not listen to each other but talk past each other. May your will tame our hearts so we can accept all the blessings you intended for us. In your name, Amen.