In a column for the New York Times, Frank Bruni writes that the view of “gays, lesbians and bisexuals as sinners is a decision” based on “ancient texts.”
Bruni argues in the opinion column that the Bible keeps Christians stuck in ancient beliefs and suggests rewriting the Bible to be more accepting of the LGBT community.
“It’s a choice,” Bruni says. “It prioritizes scattered passages of ancient texts over all that has been learned since — as if time had stood still, as if the advances of science and knowledge meant nothing.
“It disregards the degree to which all writings reflect the biases and blind spots of their authors, cultures and eras.”
But in a response column at Charisma News, Michael Brown, author of “Can You Be Gay and Christian,” writes that Bruni is wrong about the Bible.
“But for devout Jews and Christians, the Scriptures are not just any writings, full of biases and blind spots,” he writes.
“If that was the case, there would be no basis for our faith whatsoever and no absolute moral foundations of any kind.
Forget about homosexuality. We would have no reason to hold to any of the fundamentals of our faith if Bruni's description was accurate.”
Bruni also writes that homosexuality should not be deemed a sin.
“All of us, no matter our religious traditions, should know better than to tell gay people that they’re an offense. And that’s precisely what the florists and bakers who want to turn them away are saying to them.”
Said Brown: “The fact is that churches and denominations and religious groups may come and go, but the Word of God is here to stay.”
Publication date: April 9, 2015