So, thanks to the hard work of Robert Mee, LGBT Out In The Bay and several different organisations (I can’t list them for reasons that are word-count related), Lancaster had it’s first LGBT Pride march yesterday (20/05/2017). Thank goodness, as even though Lancaster is generally very tolerant towards people who are LGBT, the neighbouring town of Morecambe generally isn’t.
Despite the downpour (which is usual for the city), over 1,600 people turned up and marched, armed with loud voices, cheerful spirits and rainbow flags everywhere. It was a truly magical day, with Cat Smith MP, Guardian Columnist Owen Jones, Ian Ashton (North West Police’s equality and diversity officer) and many more appearing. I got to meet Owen Jones, which was awesome!
In truth, my day should have gone brilliantly, and without a hitch, but in the words of Robert Burns, “The best laid schemes of Mice and Men aft gang agley”. What this means is that even on a perfect day, something will inevitably go wrong.
In my case, this was a guy I see regularly at church. As keen fans of my blog, or for those who know me personally know, I have a faith. This faith is Christianity. I won’t go into too much detail, but this chap, who I shall name Dale for the sake of anonymity, collared me around halfway through the march, and disagreed with both my presence there and my standpoint. The thing is though, even though Dale tried to use the Holy Bible to argue his standpoint, he was wrong. Here’s why.
If you’re going to try Thomas Aquinas’ argument that even creation follows natural law, every species known to mankind has specimens that display bisexuality and homosexuality. Every animal in the animal kingdom, and yet, only human beings in the homo sapien form display homophobia. So how can this form of bigotry be natural?
The next argument that Dale used was from Leviticus. *Cracks knuckles* In this format, Dale used Leviticus 20:13. The thing is, Leviticus is the lawbook for how to follow God’s holy law, and the point of this book is that no human alive could ever follow God’s laws. That’s because we are sinful at every point where we forget god, and no amount of piety, or obsessive law-following can change this. That is why Christians worldwide see the need for Jesus in their lives. Through putting our trust in him, as he paid the price for our sins, we can once again become right with God.
Dale then used a New Testament argument at me. This argument was based on 1 Corinthians 6:9, and it follows the views of Saint Paul on who will get to heaven. The thing is, this passage reflects Paul’s attitudes and the attitudes of the day far more than Jesus’ views. There are plenty of things that Paul talks about, including the endorsement of slavery, that isn’t widely practised in today’s age. In fact, although I personally don’t buy this idea, there is an argument from secular analysts and scholars that Paul himself may have been, to turn a phrase, “in the closet” himself. Like I typed there, it’s not an idea I subscribe to.
Moving on, this is my view. Christ’s message throughout the four “gospels” or the first four books of The New Testament is one of universal love, tolerance, kindness, charity and forgiveness. The word “christian” itself means to be Christ-like, and the only things you read about him speaking against are divorce, fig trees, people who misuse holy temples and religious zealots.
I’ve said my piece.
Yours in Christ,