This is the billboard St Matthews-in-the-City of New Zealand has raised outside the church.
“This year we invited discussion and debate on the sexual orientation of Jesus” say St Matthew’s clergy Rev Clay Nelson.
The new billboard features the baby Jesus with a rainbow halo over his head and the caption, “It’s Christmas. Time for Jesus to come out.”
Nelson’s counterpart, Rev. Glynn Cardy, implied that Jesus likely would have sided with the pro-gay marriage advocates in the debate on same-sex marriage.
“There is almost nothing in the record of his teachings about sexuality while there is plenty about the perils of being rich,” he added. “Certainly he always supported the marginalized in society.”
If anything, St. Matthew’s is known to be controversial so for those who are familiar with their repo shouldn’t really be surprised or shocked at their debate over Jesus’ sexual orientation.
Only last year they posted an image of the Virgin Mary holding a positive pregnancy test and covering her mouth with her hand in shock.
In 2009 they had a billboard of Mary in bed with Joseph and the caption, “Poor Joseph. God was a hard act to follow.”
This is not the first time Jesus’ sexual orientation has been in question. Last year a Greek play that depicted Jesus Christ and his apostles as gay was charged with blasphemy.
Just recently, talking of Jesus while on Comedy Central’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Bishop Robinson said,“Here’s a guy who, in a culture that virtually demanded marriage, was a single guy, spent most of his time with twelve men, singled out three of them for leadership and one of them is known in the Bible as ‘the one whom Jesus loved,’” Robinson added: “Now I’m not saying Jesus was gay, but let’s be careful to rope this guy in for a husband, wife and 2.2 children model for family. He knew about families of choice and so do LGBT people.”
A gay couple in Colombia has also been under fire for a male only nativity scene they posted on Facebook recently.
So the debate about Jesus’ sexual orientation has been on for some time and may continue in the future. But in the words of Rev Clay Nelson of St Matthews-in-the-City,“Some scholars have tried to make the case that he might have been gay,” he adds. “But it is all conjecture. Maybe gay, maybe not. Does it matter?”