His4Ever has weighed in, yet again, on the gay question in this thread:
Her Scriptural exegesis reminded me of Inspector Javert’s rigidity in the Boublil-Schoenberg musical version of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. Javert is a police inspector who spends years of his life chasing the fugitive Jean Valjean. Javert is a legalist, a man who measures the worth of other’s by their adherence to the law; mercy, redemption, and forgiveness are alien to his nature:
At the climax of Les Miz, Valjean saves Javert form death at the hands of revolutionaries. Javeert cannot accept that a man he despises could save him–it’s an ooutrageous contradiction of his entire moral code, and so, rather than accept grace, he commits suicide
In her eagerness to preach the Word, H4e emphasizes the Law, yet she scants the redemptive love of God as evidenced through His sacrifice of His son upon Calvary. Now I know I am an evil, Hell-bound sinner because H4E tells me so (being in a monogamous homosexual realtionship makes me a wicked creature indeed), yet, even to my flawed brain it seems that the message og the New Testament is that all can reach the love of God and the duty ofd the Christian is not to tear down or to judge, but to love. Sure, h4E beleives that being gay is wrong, but shouldn’t her duty be to boldface the bits about God’s caring for all His creation, rather than her hammering home condemnation? Jesus didn’t condemn sinners, but Pharisees.
Granted, in her view, I and my fellow gay Dopers are unrepentant sinners, but should not her response be to show the all-encompassing love of the Almightty, instead of hate? Would h4e have lunch with a sinner, or would she sneer and say, “Thank you, Oh Lord God, King of the Universe, that you made me as I am , and not a lowly creature such as Gobear”?