Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, a Christian, explained to a pastor why he supports gay marriage with the clout and credibility that an atheist would have a hard time matching (to a Christian). That’s not to say that there is anything less than credible about atheists (if anything we should listen to them more), but to coax a Christian away from homophobia, a fellow Christian is probably the best person for the job.
The pastor asked Rudd in an open Q&A with voters why he changed his stance from being against gay marriage to being in favor of it.
Rudd explained that he “concluded through my conscience—an informed conscience and a Christian conscience—it was the right thing to do.”
“I do not believe people that when they are born choose their sexuality,” Rudd continues. “They are gay if they are born gay. They don’t decide at some later stage in life to be one thing or the other….And therefore the idea that this is somehow an abnormal condition is just wrong. I don’t get that.”
Rudd asks the pastor if he believes that being gay is abnormal, and the pastor says that the Bible says that marriage is between a man and a woman, so “I’m just curious for you, Kevin, if you call yourself a Christian, why don’t you believe the words of Jesus in the Bible?”
“Well if I was going to take that view,” Rudd replies, “the Bible also says that slavery is a natural condition.”
For anyone who believes that being gay is wrong because the Bible says so, read that line from Prime Minister Rudd a few more times and ask yourself if it is wise to take the Bible at its word on everything. Slavery being okay is not just a random one-off either. Rape is no big deal in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah (good-guy Lot offers up his daughters to the townspeople to divert them from two angels that the town wants to get their hands on.
That’s not to say that the Bible is all bad, or even that you can’t learn morals from the Bible, but if you take everything in the Bible literally, and act accordingly, you will be someone that most of us would say has no moral compass whatsoever.