A recent Gallup poll found something logical to be true: people who know gay people are more likely to support gay marriage than people who don't.
Of course, this has elicited an equally predictable response from the Christian right. From the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission:
According to Gallop [sic], “While 57% of Americans oppose legalizing gay marriage, Americans who personally know someone who is gay or lesbian are almost evenly divided on the matter, with 49% in favor and 47% opposed. Among those who do not personally know anyone who is gay, 72% oppose legalized gay marriage while just 27% favor it.”OK, so first off, we've got the curious fact that whoever wrote this used two different versions of the Bible for his quotes. I wonder why that could be. According to the New American Standard Bible (the one quoted above), 1 Corinthians 15:33 says:
Who you allow into your life, and especially that of your children, really matters. The Apostle Paul said it this way, “Don’t be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals (1 Cor.15:33, NASB).
The natural human tendency is to be deceived in situations when we associate with openly sinful people. Human sentimentality kicks in and biblical thinking is set aside. We rationalize and justify behaviors in people we know more than in people we don’t.
This applies to more than homosexuality; it touches other sins as well. Of course, because there is a powerful deceptive dynamic you will be tempted to say, “Having close relationships with the ungodly will not affect me.” Don’t be deceived!. . .
Proverbs 13:20 warns, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.” (NKJV)
Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals."In the New King James Version, however, it says:
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”Well, morals are clearly way worse things to have corrupted than habits, so it's pretty obvious why he chose the NASB version for that particular verse. But why the NKJV for the next? Perhaps because the NKJV version of Proverbs 13:20 says:
He who walks with wise men will be wise,Whereas in the NASB, it reads:
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.
He who walks with wise men will be wise,So there you have it. The douche who wrote this article wants to make sure his minions know that if they hang out with homos, they'll have their morals corrupted and will be destroyed (not have their habits corrupted and suffer harm), even if it takes him 57 versions of the Bible to prove it. I'm sorry, but that's total bullshit. These are the same people who claim that everyone who doesn't understand the Scripture the way they do is either reading it wrong or willfully corrupting people. They cannot expect to promote themselves as true followers of the Bible while willfully picking and choosing not only which verses they follow, but which versions they quote, all to suit their own ends (which, by the way, bear little to no similarity to the moral ideas espoused by Christ).
But the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Mark 5:27-32 says:
After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me," Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.
Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"
Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
Now, don't misunderstand me. I do not believe for one second it is a sin to be gay. Just want to clarify that. But these people do, and still they break the commandments of the Man they claim to follow. Jesus didn't go around avoiding people, or even telling his followers to avoid people, for fear they might be morally corrupted. Hell, He wasn't even afraid of leprosy. The guy was a champion of the downtrodden. He was a champion of the people whom his conservative, religious society excluded. I find it amazing that so many Christians do not see the parallels between the time of Christ and today's American society. Can they really claim that Jesus would go around avoiding anyone, even if He did believe them to be sinners?
Clearly they can, but clearly they're wrong. WTFWJD?