I believe there is good news, but we won’t get to it by picking political sides or reactionary arguments. If Jesus has good news for the entire world, it will include everyone in the spectrum of sexual preferences and behaviors. The good news is for singles, marrieds, divorced, abusers and the abused, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2-Spirited, Allies, cheaters and virgins.
I do not expect everyone to agree with my understanding of the Scriptures, but let me make my case. I believe that there is common ground for everyone when it comes to sexuality and the gospel. The primary question is not ‘what does God have to say about this or that behavior and orientation, but rather what does it mean to follow Jesus?’
Is there a common path of discipleship or does it have different rules for different people? If we are to see the common path, it will be found in the Scriptures. Let’s start with the notion that God created sexuality and part of His image is reflected there. Before we address LGBTTQQ2SA orientations, let’s look at the majority of the world who identify as heterosexual. I believe there is common ground across the spectrum, but first let’s start with the most frequent sexual understanding.
God created male and female with a desire for sexual union. The power of sexual intercourse includes God’s plan to bond them as husband and wife.
When the Pharisees and disciples heard Jesus say this, they wanted to know about divorce and remarriage. They understood that the ideal and reality were not always matching up.
If male/female marriage is God’s plan why do marriages fall apart and people hook up with another? Why do people cheat on their spouses? Is it okay to be joined together and then separated and joined to another?
The image of God in sexuality is expressed in faithfulness. God is one God and monogamy illustrates the sacred union found in the Godhead. Marriage is all about oneness. Jesus responds to the questions about divorce and remarriage by addressing the hardness of heart that causes people to fail at the promises of monogamy and fidelity.
Who accepts the heterosexual model of monogamous marriage? Heterosexuals who are married or want to be are most likely to accept this word. But what if you are not there?