I don’t recognize the biblical text Sen. Obama referenced at a town hall meeting in Ohio Sunday. He called it the “Sermon on the Mount”, but the one I know doesn’t include God’s approval of homosexuality:
I believe in civil unions that allow a same-sex couple to visit each other in a hospital or transfer property to each other. I don’t think it should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state. If people find that controversial, then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans. That’s my view. But we can have a respectful disagreement on that.
Allow me to respectfully disagree.
The Sermon on the Mount is found in Matthew chapters 5 through 7. I read through them again this morning to be sure I wasn’t forgetting something. I wasn’t.
Jesus was very specific: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
In other words, “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman; it is abomination” (Lev. 18:22) still applies.
Now, homosexual activists argue that Jesus never specifically condemned homosexuality. Besides being irrelevant (there are no specific condemnations of child abuse in the New Testament, either, and it’s unlikely that anyone takes that as divine permission to beat their kids senseless), it’s wrong.
First, a Christian can’t make this argument unless he or she is suggesting that Jesus is not God, or that the Mosaic Law, which Jesus specifically endorsed during the Sermon on the Mount, was not divinely inspired.
Second, Jesus did, in fact, specifically define marriage as between one man and one woman (Mark 10:6-8).
I doubt he’s going to chance his positions to fit the Bible, but Sen. Obama had better study up if he’s going to continue using it to support his politics.