|Disapproval of Homosexuality almost exclusively Christian|
This is yet another unsupported claim by the head of the Methodist Church in their attempt to argue that it is not only Christians that are obsessively anti-gay but that other religions are as well. However, only the loud voices of Christians are heard in the market place, religious services, lunch gatherings after church services, forums, and blogs. The other religions seem more concern about their own journey of faith rather than venturing to focus on the sins of others, real or unreal. Bishop Solomon’s position as the vice-president of NCCS was highlighted, giving it credibility as an NCCS position.
The use of the term majority by the Methodist Bishop is rather misleading, as Evangelical Christians whom they represent forms only 10% of the population. In fact, the Buddhists and Taoist forming 50%, do not have on record and in their teachings such aversion for gays. The Bishop has tried to claim a majority position, hence rationalize his actions against gays as of the common good even though this is not factual but a wide generalization. In A. L. De Silva, "Homosexuality and Theravada Buddhism." he mentions that All the principles we would use to evaluate a heterosexual relationship we would also use to evaluate a homosexual one. In Buddhism we could say that it is not the object of one's sexual desire that determines whether a sexual act is unskillful or not, but rather the quality of the emotions and intentions involved". We are reminded that Christians have cherrypicked the bible to find verses against gays, not motivated by finding what God really says but just to find an excuse. For example, the clobber verses in Lev 18:22, 20:13 are all in the context of straight men having sex with men as part of their religious worship of the fertility gods.
The Christian Church in Singapore has also misrepresented Jesus, because He said nothing critical of Gays despite them having existed in the Jewish text. It was not that Jesus did not allow one issue to hijack His ministry as what Christians in SIngapore are doing, it was not an issue. Indeed, He called gays as natural Eunuchs (mat 19:12), natural because they are born like that without a desire for women and therefore no danger of falling into adultery which was the major issue in the bible and not homosexuality. One do suspect that there were gays as part of the disciples (Mark 14:51), and Jesus reacted no differently when the Centurion sought Him to heal his gay escort (Mat 8:5,6) whom our translators has conveniently interprted as "servant".It is interesting that Apostle Matthew, the tax collector, noticed and recorded all these "minor" details down. Jesus looked at the heart of the matter, the intention. He healed even on a Sunday, hence breaking the law, because He was showing a principle that God judged very differently from the harsh legalistic laws which had no mercy nor compassion.
The Jeiwsh law is very harsh and would make us guilty of killing a person even accidentaly through for example a car accident. It is capital punishment. There is no grace nor mercy in the Law. Amazingly, Christians who should know the abundant grace of God in Christ Jesus, is now persecuting gays using the Jewish Law which they themselves do not follow because we are not Jews and do not follow the religious customs and festivals therein. I am reminded of the Servant who has been forgiven the debts of millions, whilst not forgiving another servant for a debt a few dollars! The Aware saga have shown that Christians are extremely sin and law conscious. No wonder, some churches are still teaching grace in every sermon after 10 years. The measure of the grace of God in your heart, is the measure of grace you give, and the grace to fear God in your heart.
We may appear to be moral and holy outwardly in public, but who knows what we do privately. Even the Bishop would agree that there are so many clergy in Singapore married more than once, even when Jesus criticised divorse. Therefore, the church has been more willing to violate a direct instruction of Jesus rather than taking strong action against that which Jesus never forbade. Why? because we have become the religious pharisees that Jesus criticised so strongly.
Jesus greatest issue was with the conservative majority and yet we now call upon this idea for support. What is the Conservative majority view? What is being conservative? If it is defined as a religious belief system in the supernatural, and there is certain credibility in moral issues just because it is conservative, then it could be argued that all conservative religions ultimately lead to the same God. If not how could you determine what is right of wrong, since the practise in one religion might be sacrileges to another. Therefore, it is important to give space to each group in secular Singapore - to live and let live, for harmony sake.
The "conservative majority" has never been conservative as we can see in the semi-nude
photos of Miss California, Carrie Prejean who has marketed the aspect of her conservative faith as reason for coming against Gay marriage. Look at the newstand and the great number of half naked scantily dress woman's magazine in conservative singapore! I could understand now why Paul asked the women not to speak in a public forum and to cover their body and heads, lest they show forth their entire body and become lawless and without restrain.
It is no wonder that St Paul insisted that man should have at most one wife, and if
possible not to marry, but alas the obsession with sex would be too hard to bear especially
in the sexually charged environment of Corinth with its worship of the female goddesses.
The danger of the Christian extremist assigning commonality and truth based solely on being conservative to further their anti-gay rethoric, is that we will contradict their own beliefs. Our faith becomes common, one of the many religions, one of the different ways to God. This is of course contrary to why Jesus came, to reveal the face of God in a world seemingly filled with many hundreds of different gods each different. Jesus came to show the light to God. He said, if you see Me, you see the Father, an amazing declaration of deity. The Father is in Me, and I in the Father, a declaration of equality with God. Jesus never chose the mainstream conservative religion to minister to, He chosed people of the byways who has been rejected by the majority and religion at large, those who are poor and weak and who cannot defend for themselves.
There is an amazing and unexpected wave going around the world, a wave where gay marriages are being accepted. Soon only ex-British colonies will be left, with the remnants of 377a and laws against gays set down by Henry the Eight, the champion and founder of the Anglican Faith remaining. The Act of Supremacy 1534 declared that the King was "the only Supreme Head in Earth of the Church of England" and the Treasons Act 1534 made it high treason, punishable by death, to refuse to acknowledge the King as such. He executed many of his wives in order to remarry. His wives in order were:-
It is time for the church to take a very big step back. If they continue to charge relentlessly, Christianity in Singapore will loose all its moral and spiritual authority where we are seen to be hypocritical, unreasonable, intrusive without much grace nor mercy. We will end up loosing our souls and have one day to answer to God for making up the gay threat to uplift our own self righteousness. We will also have to account for all our sins before God, and every white lie and half truth we speak against them, for God is also a God of Justice and His justice will prevail one day. One should not so easily escape wilfull injustice perpetrated using God's Holy name, even on account of God's Amazing grace.