|Love Singapore - a theology gone wrong with 377a|
(Lev 18:22 NKJV) 'You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.
(Lev 20:13 NKJV) 'If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.
The Straits Times article "Church Network to speak up for 377A" dated Jan 22, 2013 showed a strong organised aggenda with 40,000 Christians, a hundred churches, and leaders meeting several times to discuss response to the legal challenge to 377A. Even an online petition supporting 377A has sprung up since Jan 11 gathering 7,000 signatures thus far.
In the heat of the debate, where some Christians have emphasised their right to free speech and opinion, it is important to analyse the root of the Christian theology of Love Singapore concerning 377A. The outcome of the case is not as important as understanding the theology behind what we do and say. It is important to have the right motivations.
The concerns about family breakdown, moral values, and gay aggenda are just red herrings created to hide the real reason which is a biblical bible interpretation that anal sex between two men was an abomination according to the bible. The key word here is abomination which soiled the land and resulted in judgement to the nation as a whole from God, hence the slippery slope.
What is the abomination is the bible referring to? It is not gay sex but worshipping demonic principalities. Anal sex between men is linked to it (not because they were gay) because as it was part of their religious acts to have anal sex with the priests to join themselves with the demon spirit hence the grave abomination of being unclean.
Hence, they concentrated on the act of sex and blamed gays for it, but not mindful of the purpose and context behind it. The context was not same sex orientation. To confuse genuine love between two person in a context of religious faith worship by having sex with satan is a grave error in bible interpretation.
If we were so concern about abominations in the right context resulting in God judging the nation, then introduce laws where Christianity is the only religion (as some Islamic countries did concerning their faith) which would be totally untenable and against a secular environment and freedom of religion. This is a secular country which means all are free to practise their faith which they hold strong beliefs in.
Since we can't go against the vast majority being of other faiths, the sin is then transfered to the least and weakest group in society, ie the Gay tribe to bear all our sins of abominations.
By condeming gays and insisting that they be put in prison because of our own religious rights is acting like god. Our word becomes Law. It's not a speaking right but we have given ourselves, a special right. We have taken away any social justice from the gay tribe.
We have to mindful of the reasons for our action, and stand back to reflect the basis of right or wrong biblically. If we have committed false witness and sentence to death the wrong person (and many gay people have died and committed suicide on our accounts), or at least stolen from them by taking away their basic rights, we are under judgement by God's laws.
It is time, to stand back and reflect prayerfully and read the bible again, and consider that Christians are the salt of the world reflecting God's love, grace and mercy through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.
The word “Towebah” for abomination occurring 117 times in 112 verses almost always had a religious idol worship connotation, for example
a) Deut 7:25 where the Jews are not supposed to worship the carved images of the Egyptians and Canaanite gods nor have anything to do with the gold or silver on them, or bring the abomination or the idol into the house.
b) Deut 12:31 criticizes the worship practices to the other gods which it calls an abomination including sacrificing of babies to the gods. The laws in Leviticus were motivated to resist the idol worship of the Egyptians and the Canaanites (Lev 18:3).
The role of the priests and the priestess in this fertility idol worship were sexual in nature. In Deut 23:17-19, both the men and women of Israel were prohibited from becoming ritual harlots or qadesh, and even the money obtained from such activities were considered an abomination. For the Israelites, the term “abomination” or the mention of idol worship would immediately conjure up images of:-.
a) The Egyptian fertility god, Apis, a bull deity worshipped in the Memphis region where the Israelites had just came out of. Therefore when Moses could not be found, in Ex 32:4-6, the people of Israel made themselves a golden calf to worship as a burn offering and rejoicing (Ex 32:18). As part of the worship, there would be a mass sexual orgy and rejoicing where the worshippers would have sex with the temple priests and priestess.
b) The fertility god Molech (Lev 18:21) consisting of a man’s body and the head of the calf famous for its live sacrifices of babies. In the “The Sacred Fire: The Story of Sex in Religion by B. Z. Goldberg”, it was said that the worship of Molech was masculine by nature and excluded women. The priests were Eunuchs who had castrated themselves, and the worshippers were having anal sex with the priests. There were also young men who sold themselves to play the role of the harlot, and even dogs specially trained for the worshippers to have sex with. Thus, we have the term “price of a dog” in Deut 23:18 in NKJV translated as “male prostitutes” in NIV. This also explains why Lev 18:22, did not mention women having sex with women because there were no women in the worship of Molech.
In Rom 1:26,27, Paul was preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Jews in Rome (1:15), and was facing the Judaist who insisted that their righteousness is from the law, and so Paul leveraging on the prevailing idol worship in Rome, highlighted that under the law, the ancient Jews were not very much different. He explained how their ancestors under the Law had worshiped idols even to the extent of engaging in the sex with the priests as we have seen in Leviticus. They were exchanging to truth of God and worshiping a lie (Rom 1:25).
The Jews were judging (Rom 2:1) those who practised the same kind of sexual orgies prevailing then in Rome where the Syrian goddess Cybele was both male and female with a bearded face and a big breast. The male priests were castrated to mark the mourning of Cybele’s androgynous lover Attis. His death would be re-enacted by cutting themselves with stones, castrating themselves and putting on women's clothing.
Catherine Kroeger in “The Apostle Paul and the Greco-Roman cults Of Women” found in the Journal of the Evangelical Society details how these cults were often marked by gruesome sex exchanges. Hence, it was a choice for the male priests to exchange their natural sexual orientation, to become a "women". The term "natural" also speaks of being natural for us to worship God who created us and this world (Rom 1:20), and conversely unnatural for us to worship idols made by our own hands as if they were gods (Rom 1:23). Hence, the same sex acts in Rom 1:26,27 was motivated by the unrighteousness of idol worship even under the law rather than homosexuality.