USA: Gay Christian Argues Case for Christian Support of Gays, Marriage Equality

Written by scott on October 22nd, 2012

With a goal to reform the Christian Church, Matthew Vines argues that the Bible does not condemn same-sex relationships. Vines, a gay Christian, took a leave of absence from his studies at Harvard University and returned to his hometown of Wichita to study the Bible and homosexuality. In March 2012, he delivered his conclusions in a speech at College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita in which he methodically addressed the six passages in the Bible commonly used to condemn homosexuality.

The speech was posted in a video on YouTube and has received mixed responses. Syndicated columnist for The Miami Herald and Pulitzer Prize winner Leonard Pitts Jr. called it “a masterwork of scriptural exegesis.” On the other hand, James White, director of the Alpha and Omega Ministries in Phoenix, refuted Vines’ arguments in a series of podcasts, taking issue with such topics as Vines’ definition of love. Vines’ video has been viewed more than 400,000 times.

PopFiber spoke with Vines about his arguments and their relation to the political debates over same-sex marriage.

When we were setting up this interview, it was very clear that you weren’t interested in discussing the political issues. Why?

My primary interest is in advancing Christianity and advancing LGBT acceptance within the Church, which sort of operates within a different sphere than the political issues related to this. So that’s why I do tend to focus primarily on the religious issues and discussions and debates. I feel like those are not engaged with enough in really thoughtful and constructive ways. So there’s a lot of work left to do there.

Authored By Brittany Clampitt – See the Full Story at Political Fiber

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