When Politicians Abuse The Bible

Recently, Tim Kaine began talking about his support for what he calls marriage equality. In his speech he mentioned that he believes the Catholic Church will change their position on gay marriage, but the reason why he believes the Catholic Church will change, well, makes you scratch your head. Listen in;

Tim Kaine appeals to Genesis, yes, Genesis. Specifically Genesis chapter 1 when God proclaims everything to be good, very good in fact. Scratching your head yet? In election season from time to time we here candidates quote or refer to the Bible, sometimes they are spot on and others, like Tim Kaine, make you contort your face like you have been sucking on a lemon.

Oh Tim Kaine, How Art Thou Wrong, Let Me Count The Ways

This blog post can turn into a long form piece pointing to the many ways Tim Kaine is wrong, but let’s just point to a couple. First, when God proclaimed all was good, everything was good, but flip over two chapters and we see sin come into every aspect of creation and distort it. Every aspect of creation is under a curse, the ground, the animals, and yes even humanity. The sin curse we are under causes humanity to rebel against God’s original creation purpose, to walk in harmony with him in the garden. If we continue reading the Genesis account we see immediately the result of sin, rebellion begins by Cain killing Abel, and then we see a spiraling out of control of sin in the rest of Genesis 4. Fast forward to Genesis 19 and the Lord comes down and destroys Sodam and Gomorrah, one of the reasons is for the sin of homosexuality. Which is a clear sign the Lord was thinking this is not good. In the New Testament, Paul writing to Christians in Corinth says,

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. – 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Did you see that he lists homosexuality as one of the sins, but he also points out the Lord has saved some for his own purpose, when he points out “and such were some of you.” God is calling the gay person into a loving communion with his Creator and a return to God’s original purpose.

Secondly, when the Lord proclaims all is good, what specifically is he calling good in his creation of man. Let us look to Genesis and see,

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. – Genesis 1:27

How did God create humanity? When God created humanity, he created them in his image, which is why we as Christians should be ambassadors of truth in love to the LGBTQ community, even though we disagree, because they are image bearers of God. We also see he created them male and female and this is what God calls good. This proclamation of good over humanity is what Tim Kaine leaves out in his speech. God is proclaiming the beauty of marriage between a man and woman as good, he is proclaiming the goodness of male and female roles, not marriage equality.

Tim Kaine has a right to his opinion, but please do not drag the Bible through the mud by trying to make it say what it clearly doesn’t say.

Until Next Time

Soli Deo Gloria

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