Would Jesus Discriminate?

A Metropolitan Community Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, this week began a new media campaign aimed at challenging residents of Indiana to re-examine their assumptions about what the Bible says about homosexuality. With messages such as “Ruth loved Naomi as Adam loved Eve”, and “Jesus affirmed a gay couple”, five billboards invite viewers to read the scriptures and visit the web site, www.WouldJesusDiscriminate.com. The billboards are supplemented by yard signs, bumper stickers and T-shirts.

Jesus affirmed a gay couple

“Jesus affirmed a gay couple” is a reference to the Roman Centurion in Matthew 19:10-12 who asks Jesus to heal his ‘servant’.

The early church welcomed a gay man

The early church’s welcome of a gay man is a reference to Philip’s baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8.

The campaign is being coordinated by Jesus Metropolitan Community Church of Indianapolis, with support from Faith In America and Metropolitan Community Churches worldwide.

Jesus MCC bills itself as “a church that is passionate about Jesus and the Bible, but not afraid of diversity or independent thought.” It is part of a denomination – Metropolitan Community Churches – with a long history of outreach to the gay and transgender community.

Rev. Jeff Miner, Senior Pastor of Jesus MCC, said, “I can already hear tires screeching across Indianapolis as folks see the billboards. Most people have no idea that the Bible contains passages that powerfully affirm gay people.”

The purpose of the Indianapolis Campaign, Pastor Miner says, is to change the whole tenor of the debate over homosexuality. “Right now,” Miner says, “most people think this is a debate between people who love the Bible – conservative Christians – and people who want to throw out the Bible – godless homosexuals. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our Church welcomes hundreds of devout gay Christians who love the Bible deeply. Our goal is to rescue the Bible from misinterpretations driven by cultural prejudice, so its true message of grace, hope, and peace can come through.”

Would Jesus Discriminate - BillboardLast summer Jesus MCC, Faith In America, and MCC conducted a pilot project in Indianapolis, using billboards and yard signs to ask a simple question: “Would Jesus Discriminate?”

Organizers say this year’s project will be bigger and bolder, moving beyond a gentle question to propose a bold answer that some may find unsettling.

Faith In America is a national organization devoted to ending the injustice of religion-based bigotry against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

“In the past, many Christians misused the Bible to support slavery, oppose equal rights for women, and oppose interracial marriage,” says Rev. Jimmy Creech, Executive Director of Faith In America. “They went so far as to accuse people on the other side of being unbiblical. The same thing is happening again with respect to same-gender relationships. It has to stop. Is using religious teachings to deny equal rights to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people any less wrong than using religious teaching to discriminate against people of color, against equality for women or against people of different cultures wanting to marry?

Ruth loved Naomi

“Ruth loved Naomi as Adam loved Eve.” compares the love between Adam and Eve described in Genesis 2:24 with the love between Ruth and Naomi celebrated in Ruth 1:14.

Jesus said some are born gay

This billboard refers to Jesus’ description of three kinds of people when it comes to marriage, claiming that “those who have been so from birth” is a reference to sexual orientation.

“We need to have an authentic dialogue about what the Bible says,” Pastor Miner said. “I would be willing to discuss this subject in a public forum with any credible pastor who is willing to have a respectful dialogue. Let’s shine a light on this subject, compare our different points of view, and let thoughtful people make up their own minds.”

Says Creech, “In their hearts, people know that discriminating against gay and transgender people is terribly wrong. We want to encourage people to speak up when religious bullies misuse the Bible to berate gay people. Each of us has a responsibility to end the misuse of religion to justify discrimination.”

David loved Jonathan more than women

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  • Joshua Lang

    I CANNOT BELIEVE that you people are posting this crap. IT MAKES ME SIIIICCCCKKK!!!!! NONE OF THIS IS SCRIPTURAL and NONE OF THIS IS DOCTRINE!!!!!!!!!!!!! You need to examine yourself, because you are teaching false doctrine. I hope you can turn to the Lord and learn the Truth. You are brainwashing millions of people and DESTROYING Christianity, when it’s ALREADY under attack by the goverment and the world. Where you are making this stuff up, is beyond me. Read the Bible for what it says. HOW DARE YOU!!!! I hope you are ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!!!!

  • chris

    None of these biblical references is even remotely dealing with gay people. The references to eunuchs is the most ridiculous. Eunuch were completely asexual, not homosexual. And that was something done by the state, not normally by choice. Ruth loved Naomi as a mother-in-law, but she loved Boaz (her husband) sexually. That is the entire point of the whole book of Ruth. The one time David had sex with someone he wasn’t married to he was repentant (Ps 51 is his repentance) and he was judged severely for it. The centurion had a servant. That was normal. There is no suggestion (other than in the titillated imagination of the people of MCC) that it was anything other than employer/employee.

    I am wide open to debate on the matter. Bring it on. But let’s all insist that we stick to the real testimony of scripture, rather than adding things to make it more ‘exciting’.