Just read this from Sojourners. Thought I should share it:
One evening, Jesus went on the Chris Matthews show and a large audience was viewing.
As he sat down for the interview, Chris introduced a group of religious right leaders. They brought with them a man caught violating the don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy in the military.
They made him stand before the camera and said to Jesus, “This man was caught admitting that he was gay. The Law of Moses commanded us to stone such men, and military law demands that he be court-martialed. We don’t want to kill this man: all we are interested in doing is passing a law that would criminalize such behavior in the military and in all of society. What do you say? Do you support our pro-family agenda?”
Jesus leaned over and wrote on the desk with his finger.
The Family Research Council representative pressed harder, “Don’t you agree that we should outlaw gay behavior? Don’t you agree that the Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas which overturned the sodomy laws in this country was wrongly decided? Would you dare to deny that there is a place for criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior?” Jesus kept writing on the desk and didn’t respond.
Finally, Chris Matthews said, “Well, Sir, what do you say? They’ve asked you a question. How do you respond?”
Jesus sat up straight, looked directly into the camera, and said, “Just one thing. Let the one among you who is without sin cast the first vote against this man.”
The reference was from a debate between Aubrey Sarvis, a former gay military sharpshooter and Peter Sprigg, representative of the Family Research Council. The dialogue below:
Matthews: I’m just asking you: Should we outlaw gay behavior?
Sprigg: I think that the Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas which overturned the sodomy laws in this country was wrongly decided. I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior.
Matthews: So we should outlaw gay behavior.
Thanks Brian McLaren for rewriting parable. The real parable is from John 8.1-11. People may feel uncomfortable because the parable implies that “homosexuality” is a sin and I can feel the squeamishness from people who don’t believe that being gay is a…shudder “sin.” Anyway, I’m going to stop writing.