I was thinking about using the title, Jesus and the Homosexuals, or Jesus cures a gay man but I didn't want to draw the wrong kind of attention. This morning I had my Bible out and was researching parables to illustrate how sinful you people are, no just kidding, I'm sure most of you already know how sinful you are! The story I was looking for is Jesus heals the Centurion's servant. I am not sure if you are familiar with this story but there's a buzz in the gay community that the men in the parable are lovers.
You can find a version of the story if you Google Luke 7, the book of Matthew also has the parable. Basically a Roman official pleads with Jesus to save his dying male servant, some say slave, it's indicated that the servant is very special to him. The surprise here is that a Roman official would even think about asking Jesus, Romans had their own belief system, and were considered enemies of the Jewish people. Readers wonder what would make a Centurion be so desperate to save a servant, that he would lower himself to ask for help from a man that was considered a radical even by his own people. In those days life was worth nothing, a rich Roman official could just buy another slave. Some people claim that the original words used, translate into a servant that was also taken on as a lover. That certainly could be one explanation for his actions, people will try almost anything to save a loved one!
Typical for Christians, instead of using this to connect with the gay community, they are having a meltdown. I have been reading arguments pro and con regarding this as a story featuring a gay couple. The thing that makes them squirm is the thought that Jesus didn't step back, laugh and say, "you guys are feeling God's wrath for living as a gay couple".
There was no pointing a finger, or disapproving shake of his head, he just agrees to help and the man is saved.
It's interesting to see the scramble to clean this story up. Many of the newer translations are saying that they actually meant to say his son and not servant/slave, that's convenient. I know personally I can't tell you how many times I've confused a family member for a servant boy. There is also mention that the Centurion may be spiritual and was kind to the people. It's possible that he formed a friendship with this man and just wanted to help. It's hard to figure out, we would have to rely on the earlier copies. Religious people lie, even worse if they feel their dogma is being challenged. I wish true historians would dissect this and give us their conclusions. I don't trust either side, the gay positive side is also selective, picking and choosing the words and cultural quirks that make their version seem to be the true version.
There are passionate arguments for both versions; however I have noticed there has always been a strong push to cover up anything about the gay community. For example, for years we were told that homosexuality didn't exist in animals. That turned out to be completely false, the information was being suppressed, nobody wanted to upset the heterosexuals, proving that the truth is not always important to people with an ideology. I just want the truth about this parable and nothing more, as it probably won't change the belief system I have anyway. However there are a lot of gay Christians and I would love to be able to tell them, why let some foaming at the mouth minister judge you for being gay, when Jesus didn't.