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In response to previous letter
The writer of the Aug. 7 letter who opposes Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s stance on same-sex marriage felt the need to reference the Bible to support her argument. I have to reply to the biblical misconceptions in her letter. She repeats the tired, old, liberal secularist argument the homosexual lifestyle should not be forbidden in Christianity because, to use her words, “Jesus never said anything about gays.”
There is a reason the four Gospels don’t mention homosexuality. Homosexuality was not a significant, Jewish social issue in first century A.D. because the Old Testament prophets already had condemned and effectively suppressed homosexual activity in the Jewish nation. Jesus had no reason to preach against homosexuality because it was an irrelevant issue in Judea in 30 A.D.
If we accept the writer’s logic, other behaviors condemned in the Torah but not mentioned in the four Gospels should be considered moral by modern Christians. Does that mean human sacrifice, infanticide, incest and pedophilia are perfectly moral actions for modern Christians merely because Jesus never said anything about those activities?
The Apostles denounced the homosexual lifestyle when they encountered it in Greek and Roman culture. Romans 1:25-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9, 1 Timothy 1:9-10, and Jude 1:4-8 contain condemnations, as well as many of the writings of the church fathers in the early church era.
The letter ends by mentioning the supposed endorsement of “separation of church and state” by the Founding Fathers, and stating, “Your religion belongs in your church and in your home, not in our government.”
Christians are called to live their faith and that includes in their public life. Who is the author to say Christian morality should be limited to one hour on Sunday?
The Founding Fathers never intended to separate religion from American society. I challenge everyone to look for the phrase “separation of church and state” in the First Amendment, or for that matter anywhere in the Constitution. You will not find it.