You ever have one of those moments when you’re about to retweet an article in an almost knee-jerk fashion and you stop yourself. Wait, do I agree with this?
I did today when I spotted a post by Lee Wind who maintains the excellent blog I’m Here. I’m Queer What the Hell Should I Read. (The site primarily focuses on lgbt YA literature) The title of the post, from an article in Salon was Jesus Would Back Gay Marriage.
I was ready to forward this on immediately because I support marriage equality, I believe Jesus was against creating social outcasts of any kind, and I find it positive whenever religious people make the argument that Christianity and homosexuality are not polar opposites.
Yet, the more I thought about it, the less sure I was that I would state so conclusively that Jesus would support gay marriage, but not for the reasons you might think. First of all, there is the not so little matter of assuming anyone can say what Jesus would or would not say and do were he time machined to the 21st Century.
The one thing I do know about Jesus was that he challenged everyone’s view of how society should be run in his day. When his family came to see him, he sent them away saying that those who follow him are his real brothers. His idea of what constituted family was broader than that of the people around him. One could argue that he would not be in favor of same sex marriage because, like opposite sex marriage, it limits the sphere of responsibility from all members of the community to one, or with children, a few. Instead of being responsible only to our legal spouses, we should all be subject to one another.
In fact, I don’t know if this is what he would say, given a crash course in our culture. He might think that including gays in the social institution of marriage was the most compassionate direction because it does not condemn people for their differences. Or he might say that our entire structuring of society needs an overhaul. It would be interesting to ask. One thing I am quite sure of is that his answer would be witty, thought-provoking and challenging. I would be willing to bet it would not be what anyone expected.