Are you a sodomite? | Genesis 19 Clobber Passage | Queer Theology

Posted By on August 17, 2019


Let’s talk about sodomy. You might have heard sodomite be used as a term about gay men. A Sodomite was someone from the ancient city of Sodom, sorta like how a Brit is someone from Great Britian and then at some point in modern history, sodomite came
to be an offensive term for a gay man. Now, this is the point where I’m supposed to tell you that that’s wrong that I’m not a sodomite, that the real sin of Sodom was arrogance, inhospitality, and attempted rape. But, you know what? I am a sodomite. Let’s open our Bibles, shall we? This is what Ezekiel 16:49 has to say. “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: she
and her daughters were arrogant, overfed, and unconcerned they did not help the poor and needy.” And frankly, that’s me. I live in New York City and according to the New York City Coalition
Against Hunger, there are 1.5 million people living in households with food insecurity. One point five million. And, what am I doing to help? Not much, really. I mean, sure, I pay taxes and I write
city council and I even donate sometimes but, in a city where there’s 1.5 million people facing hunger and in a country where there’s twenty two empty homes for every homeless person, am I–are we–really doing enough? Might someone look at me and say that I’m overfed and unconcerned? So, here’s how I see it: when some Christians and some churches try to use the Sodom and Gomorrah
story as a way of saying that being gay is a sin, they’re wrong. The story of Sodom and Gomorra is so clearly not an indictment on homosexuality but it’s too easy to turn the story
around on my accusers and say, “Look, you’re the sodomites, you’re the sinners, you’re being inhospitable to me!” Yes, Ezekiel tells us that the sin of Sodom was
arrogance, inhospitality, and apathy in the face of injustice so it is absolutely right to say, “It is wrong
to exclude LGBT people from the Christian community or from society in general.” But, we can’t stop there. Or, at least I can’t. As uncomfortable as it may be, I need to look at
all the ways in which I am a sodomite. It’s only then that I have any hope of changing for the better.

Posted by Lewis Heart

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  1. I have seen a few of the videos.
    They are a welcome relief from what one usually sees on youtube. They have the spirit of truth and the fruits of love joy peace.

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