COMMENTARY: R-E-S-P-E-C-T for our gay and lesbian friends

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(RNS) Supporters of gay marriage rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27 as the court heard a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. RNS photo by Kevin Eckstrom.

(RNS) Supporters of gay marriage rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27 as the court heard a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. RNS photo by Kevin Eckstrom.

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(RNS) By any sniff test or common-sense test, gay unions are no more or less likely to succeed and to be things of beauty. The larger issue, it seems to me, is public respect. And respect comes from being worthy of respect.

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  • Ted Nelson

    This is, without a doubt, one of the most comprehensive and intelligent articles on same sex marriage that I have read.

  • Southern Baptist

    Typical opinion from an Episcopal “preacher”.

    This “church” has turned it’s back on the Bible and on God and now serves SATAN.

  • Doc Anthony

    “The biblical argument against homosexuality is nonsense”? Really?
    I acknowledge that respect is a necessary thing, but it’s difficult to respect priests who don’t respect the Bible. The Episcopal Church is shipwrecked.

  • SM Cooke

    Wonderful article! I agree with Tom Erich. I reflect on his meditations daily. The Episcopal Church welcomes everyone; it is loving and inclusive. Our Bishop Michael Curry helped us to welcome and receive 47 new members three weeks ago (that doesn’t include the ones who transfer their memberships). We feel very blessed and loved.

  • Billysees

    A very meaningful article here.

    Here are just some of the gold standards of attitudes about how the whole world should think about and treat all gays and lesbians —

    1. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way…….Romans 14:13

    2. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God……Romans 15:7

    3. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love…….Ephesians 4:2

    4. Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble…….1 Peter 3:8

    5. Man’s ways are of the Lord,…………Proverbs 20:24

    6. You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right……….Romans 14:22

    Add to this list the verses that are personal to you.

  • Mike in Wisconsin

    This article represents the positive, charitable side of organized religion. Unfortunately, the positive side of organized religion is but a narrow slice of a very large pie.

  • Angel

    There is actually a very sensitive nerve in the rectum of men only that is pleasured by intercourse there. There are many medical explanations for gay and lesbian sex. Don’t be so obsessed with it. Just live you’re life and do what makes you happy. And let others do the same.

  • Angel

    So I assume you don’t wear any clothing of mixed fabric, or eat pig in any form? Because all the laws of the Bible are equally important. And when it says in the Bible that man should not lay with man as with woman, it is property law. Women were property, and men shouldn’t have been treated as property. Even David had a boyfriend. And remember, the Bible is Christian, NOT American. Peace.

  • Doc Anthony

    Okay, permit me to add just one text:

    Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. (! Cor 6:9-11).

  • Billysees

    After working out my own salvation and enduring much difficulty entering the kingdom, I find that my 6 are better than your 3.


  • Billysees

    The Bible may not be as important as some believe.

    Paul put it this way —

    “The Kingdom of God is not in “word” (that means scripture verse), but “power” (that means the ever renewing work of the Holy Spirit or Spirit of God)……..….it’s not food and drink but “righteousness” (that means doing good works and deeds) and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”.

    I think that sums it up in a simplified way.

    The “Spirit” and the “Spirit” alone is all that really matters.

    The Bible doesn’t determine what the Holy Spirit does and the Spirit doesn’t consult with what is written down as it goes about its work.

    Jesus said, “The Holy Spirit will guide and lead us all into all good and truthful things.”

    That is our authority, being led and moved by the Holy Spirit, to constantly review the things that are revealed and make decisions about their importance and applicability.

    All scripture verses are not equal.

    Some verses are more important than others.

    Few people know much about the scriptures and that doesn’t adversely affect them and their walk here on earth.

    Holy books are good “guides” but make poor “gods”.

    All holy books have their hype, their cobwebs and their pot holes.

    It is written that all scripture is inspired, but that doesn’t mean that all scripture is complete, concise, without issues and with excellent clarity.

    We all must rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit.