Thursday, July 14, 2011

For The Bible Tells Me So

:deep breath: I believe that there are three topics that should not be discussed in a social manner.

Politics, abortion and religion. Forgive me for breaking my own social rules and discussing one of those.

While at the gym the other morning, I pulled up the Netflix app on my phone to see what movies I could watch while working out. I decided on the documentary "For the Bible Tells Me So."

From IMBD: We meet five Christian families, each with a gay or lesbian child. Parents talk about their marriages and church-going, their children's childhood and coming out, their reactions, and changes over time. The stories told by these nine parents and four adult children alternate with talking heads - Protestant and Jewish theologians - and with film clips of fundamentalist preachers and pundits and news clips of people in the street. They discuss scripture and biblical scholarship. A thesis of the film is that much of Christianity's homophobia represents a misreading of scripture, a denial of science, and an embrace of quack psychology. The families call for love.

I watched the final 10 minutes of this film in my car during my lunch break and found myself crying. I believe it is impossible to watch this and not feel moved. I am not religious. I have tried a few times in my life to go to church but it doesn't stick. I have many, many friends who are Christians. I watched this film and couldn't help but be curious about they would think about it.

My thoughts are as follows. People are people. Love is love. The parents in this film had to open their hearts and look at their children and see past their orientation. They had to look into their child's eyes and realize that they are still that innocent child that they helped create. One of the parents said "God made him this way. How can I be mad at that?" I thought that if I ever decided to join a church, I would have to find one that would not preach against homosexuality. I would want to be in a church that is open and welcoming of all people.

The most interesting part in the film was when Religious leaders and scholars stated that the practice of Biblical Literalism has led people to believe that the Bible states that homosexuality is wrong when in fact, there is no Aramaic, Hebrew, or Ancient Greek word for homosexual. It is also pointed out in the film that in the same portion of the Bible that people use against homosexuality, it is said that you must not plant your field with two kinds of seed or wear clothes woven from two kinds of materials. These religious scholars wonder why these are not points of interest for the community of people who hate homosexuality and rail against it.

I wonder that myself. It is all in the same book. All written in the same place. Why pick and chose? Why put so much hate and anger on human beings? Why? It just makes no sense at all. I encourage you to watch this film and come back to here to comment on this post. I'm curious about what your thoughts are whether you are religious or not, straight or gay, etc.

I'll leave you with this. Archbishop Desmond Tutu says at the end of the film something that really struck me: "I cant for the life of me imagine God saying, I will punish you because are black, you should have been white. I will punish you because you are a woman, you should have been a man. I punish you because you are homosexual, you ought to have been heterosexual. I can't for the life of me believe that that is how God sees things."

Powerful.

1 comment:

The Jesse said...

I love the quote at the end. Powerful indeed. And excatly how I feel about it.