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Jesus didn't condone homosexuality | Federal Way letters
What did Jesus say about gays? Nothing. So says columnist Amy Johnson and apparently her church, too. (Mirror, April 10)
Fair enough. However, the implication she seems to draw from this is that since Jesus didn't mention homosexuality he must have viewed it in a favorable light or, at least, wasn't concerned about it.
This argument from Jesus' silence on the matter proves nothing for her point. On the contrary, an argument from silence would imply that Jesus was comfortable with the common view of homosexual behavior in his day, a view which condemned it as an abomination.
If Jesus had little to say about homosexuality, it would have been because no one — including Jesus — was arguing for it as an accepted "lifestyle" in first century Israel. In Jesus' day, there were no gay pride parades, no legal challenges alleging discrimination against gays and lesbians in the workplace, and no sex education specialists bent on convincing the youth of Jerusalem that two daddies are as good as a daddy and a mommy. No Days of Silence, either.
Homosexuality, as Ms. Johnson surely knows, is roundly condemned in both the Old and New Testaments. And although Jesus was never shy about challenging and correcting misinterpretations of the law that were commonly but erroneously held by the people in his day, he said not one word to challenge the scriptural prohibition against homosexual acts. If his ethic was different from that of Moses on this issue, he never mentioned it. Silence.
To say that Jesus said nothing about homosexuality is a cute ploy. But when the truth about what Jesus believed and taught is skewed to convince young people to support homosexual activism, it is profoundly wrong.
Obviously, I won't be participating in the Day of Silence. However, as someone who enjoys reading The Mirror, I hope Ms. Johnson will be encouraged to extend her silence for as long as possible.
Scott Staley, Federal Way