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Is this what ‘homophobic’ Biblical texts really mean? One college student may have thrown gay Christians a lifeline…
It’s fair to say that the Bible and homosexuality haven’t historically been the best of friends. Electricity and water spring to mind. But Matthew Vines, a college student from Wichita, Kansas, has made it his life’s work to right some the anti-gay sentiment that modern Biblical interpretation have borne. His conclusions are intellectual, plausible and motivated by what the Christian faith should be about - love.
If you’re a gay Christian, you must watch this video. Heck, even if you’re not, it’s worth your time. It is rather long - at just over an hour - so if you’d rather scrub through it, here are some of the milestone moments:
7:35 - Matthew briefly tells his own story
11:52 - He starts examining some of the scripture, including the six Biblical texts that seem to condemn homosexuality
57:22 - He summarises what his research suggests those texts are really about
1:02:05 - Matthew has a final word for heterosexual Christians - an appeal for them to support their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters
Matthew’s talk gives some of the strongest arguments about the Bible NOT being anti-gay at all. He examines the cultural significance of the texts, as well how some passages may have been lost in translation over time. How do we get this man to write a Gospel?!
Well, funnily enough, Matthew will publish a book entitled God and the Gay Christian in March 2014 and has also launched The Reformation Project, a non-profit organisation that aims to educate Christians to change church teachings based on these interpretations of the Bible.
Whether you’re Christian, religious in any way or even if you’re not, you can’t dispute Matthew’s passion, commitment and tenacity for his subject. And the best way to change things is to do so from the inside. From the content of his talk, Matthew seems to be the perfect candidate to take on the challenge.