This is a pretty controversial topic so I fully expect some strong disagreement which is welcome. Moderators please feel free to move this thread (I didn’t see a hot topics section) or even delete if you feel you need to. I won’t be offended.
I’m working on a coherent Christian theology that upholds the old Law/Torah observance not as salvation but as an indentation for sanctification, faith in action, and discipleship.
However the Torah forbids homosexuality pretty clearly in Leviticus. You could argue Paul does as well.
It is my opinion that the church spends way too much energy on this topic. How wonderful it would be the church was up in arms about the other moral commandments. Though in fairness this a strength of the Catholic Church that they have been a champion of the poor, the refugee and the disenfranchised. The baptists not so much
I also think that condemning homosexuality in individuals and forbidding them from service I the church does a lot of harm. This is my opinion but I have seen the real pain in gay friends and in gay clergy (I’m espicopalian).
By the way, I’m heterosexual and married with kids. I’m a democrat but not a extreme liberal by any means.
So if I talk about Torah observance, I’m necessarily condemning homosexuality unless I specifically address the issue in order not to.
Here’s my argument. Someone’s sexual orientation and moral conduct in general is ultimately between God and them. Our observance of the commandments is personal and not an open invitation to judge the lives and faiths or others lest we become Judaisers.
Condemning homosexuality in and of itself (rather than specific issues such as sexual exploitation not specific to one sexual orientation) would be causing psychological harm and be unloving and would violate other commandments to love your neighbor, not to shame others, etc.
Finnaly, committed homosexual relationships are opportunities for fulfilling other commandments and could be forced for good and compassion. A foster child without a home would be lucky to have a functional, loving family that happens to be have two parents of ten same gender. Same sex spouses can encourage each other in their vocations and faith commitments.
Okay, I know I said some stuff you may strongly disagree with. Feel free to help correct my understanding