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Gay Church has billboard defaced

04.24.2007 @ 7:10 PM in Lifestream
I've been treading lightly on the whole Jesus+Gay+Religion+Hell thing simply because I'm still slightly brainwashed from being a good little southern baptist back in the day. Yet, reading Joe. My. God today and this story peaked my interest and reactivated a little bit of the past...

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A couple of billboards from Jesus Metropolitan Community Church's "Would Jesus Discriminate?" campaign in Indianapolis have been recently vandalized. One billboard (the one pictured) had the words "Lie Lie Lie" drawn across, while another had the word "gay" excised from the text "The early church welcomed a gay man. Acts 8:26-40."  It seemed that the vandals used large ladders with extensions to deface the billboards. The signs were from a mass project launched this month by the Jesus MMC, with other signs, banners, sitckers, and a website, wouldjesusdiscriminate.com, to convey the message. The signs got me thinking just a little bit. I knew Matthew8:5-13, the story of the centurion who asked jesus to save his slave, and trusted Jesus' word to be done, and it was. I read the story again, and couldn't find the connection; I was ready to yell "lie" myself, in protest of another uber-gay religious sect making outragious claims that do nothing to further the fight for support. However, I know that the NIV, and even the KJV are all translations from Greek, and often a little look into the original yields a wealth of new information. Not suprisingly, the WJD? site lists the original greek words used and does a pretty respectable job of backing up the claim...
From our days in Sunday school, many of us are familiar with the Gospel story where Jesus healed the servant of a Roman centurion. This story is recorded in Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10. In Matthew, we are told that the centurion came to Jesus to plead for the healing of his servant. Jesus said he was willing to come to the centurion’s house, but the centurion said there was no need for Jesus to do so — he believed that if Jesus simply spoke the word, his servant would be healed. Marveling at the man’s faith, Jesus pronounced the servant healed. Luke tells a similar story. Just another miracle story, right? Not on your life!

Note 18. K.J. Dover, Greek Homosexuality (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1978), page 16; Bernard Sergent, Homosexuality in Greek Myth (Beacon Press, Boston, 1986), page 10.

In the original language, the importance of this story for gay, lesbian, and bisexual Christians is much clearer. The Greek word used in Matthew’s account to refer to the servant of the centurion is pais. In the language of the time, pais had three possible meanings depending upon the context in which it was used. It could mean “son or boy;” it could mean “servant,” or it could mean a particular type of servant — one who was “his master’s male lover.” (See note 18.) Often these lovers were younger than their masters, even teenagers.
The page goes on to refute the three possible meanings and why is must be his gay lover... Does this mean anything? I guess. Homosexuality was more than prevelant in bible times. Does this change anything? For me? no. Like I said, I'm a little brainwashed and my faith is still shakey... but it does offer a little hope.  I'm sure this campaign can help others who were dashed by the church and shed a little light on what the bible really says. But, unfortunately... there are many who trust the NIV as the upright version and will scoff off any look into the greek texts... as backward as it seems... Ultimately, it's a shame the the anti-gay churches are resorting to this despite how apologetic  (only a true bible scholar would know what this means) this campaign is. From Bilerico via Joe. My. God
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