But I found this now and don’t want to forget to post it. I found out about it via recordnet.com and their article about North Carolina’s gay marriage issue.
One hopes that plea is heeded. Vines’ speech is long – a little over an hour – but well worth the time, particularly for those seeking to reconcile first-century faith with 21st-century social concerns.
Many in North Carolina – many around the country – are swimming against the tide of human freedom and blaming God for it. Again, this is not a new thing. We saw it back when God was for segregation and against women’s suffrage.
How convenient it must be to lay your own narrowness and smallness off on God, to accept no responsibility for the niggardly nature of your own soul. Vines’ video is a welcome, overdue and eloquent rebuke of the moral and intellectual laziness of throwing rocks, then hiding inside Scripture. It is a reminder, too.
Well he’s certainly welcome to his opinion, and of course from the atheist point of view, I guess the response would be “who cares what the Bible says”. But this video and the accompanying dribble from the journalist are problematic for another reason. That being that it’s one-sided and misleading. They imply (or maybe they even state outright?) that the rejection of homosexual relationships as equal to heterosexual relationships, has no basis in the Bible. That’s not true. Most of the arguments in the video match those from ten years ago from John Boswell, and were subsequently refuted in various books. A few detailed refutations of the video are now cropping up online, eg http://stasisonline.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/homosexual-marriage/