I continue with my review of Chaz Bufe, blues guitar playing Christian hater, and his 20 Reasons to Abandon Christianity.
With his next point, Chaz charges the Christian faith with promoting and engaging in homophobia. Because Chaz’s descriptions of Christian homophobia are a bit crass, I will not reproduce them in full, but direct readers here if they are interested in viewing them.
Like all of Chaz’s previous complaints against Christianity, he demonstrates an embarrassing lack of understanding of what it is he criticizes.
He begins by launching an attack against the book of Leviticus and the specific laws by which the people of Israel were to be governed. Chaz’s reaction to those laws is to say they were unnecessarily harsh rules against what he describes as trivial offenses. The “trivial” offenses he lists as illustrations from the book of Leviticus include adultery, bestiality, high-handed rebellion against one’s parents, and of course, homosexual behavior. In the real world inhabited by rational people, not some anarchist utopian dreamland envisioned by Chaz, those are not trivial offenses.
Taking a page out of the gaystapo playbook, Chaz appeals to the cliched argument that Christians are selective in which laws from Leviticus they will emphasize. How can they agree with the prohibition against homosexuality when such prohibitions also exist against eating pork and lobster?
Yep. You read that right. A smug Christian hater, who doesn’t give the slightest indication he has even read the Bible, telling me what I am supposed to believe about the Bible. Amazing.
Anyone giving a surface reading to Leviticus will quickly note Chaz draws a ridiculous imbalance from the text. The death penalty was not administered against those who ate Outback Steakhouse’s coconut shrimp or Chili’s baby back pork ribs. The death penalty was only prescribed for those individuals who engaged in behaviors, like homosexual sex and bestiality, that were extremely detrimental to society, and I would add, cut sharply against the holiness of God as revealed to God’s redeemed people.
Additionally, in regards to Leviticus, the laws against eating unclean animals were put away at the coming of Christ. See Peter’s vision in Acts 10, for the key example. Those food laws had the specific purpose of keeping God’s special people, Israel, separated from the pagan nations surrounding them at the time. The food laws were only necessary for the time Israel was a theocratic nation dwelling in the land. The laws which define, regulate, and prohibit human sexual behavior, including homosexuality, are a reflection of God’s moral attributes and thus transcend both Testaments as well as all people groups across the world.
Chaz further accuses Christians as being purveyors of general homophobia. I can certainly understand the aversion a common person, either Christian or non-Christian, would have toward homosexual behavior. People instinctively know homosexuality is against what is natural concerning human sexuality, and generally, those engaged in the lifestyle are involved with such vile perversions of the flesh that the expressions of such shock the senses with a gut churning revulsion. If one should witness the wretched scenes from a typical San Francisco street fair catering to the sexual fetishes frequently occurring in the homosexual community, a person in his right mind would be homophobic.
Chaz has made it clear that he doesn’t like Christians because they stifle sexual expression. He noted under points 9 and 10 of his booklet that, in his anarchist opinion, Christians have an unhealthy preoccupation with sex and produce a lifestyle of sexual misery. Christians are foolish, he argues, thinking they can prohibit sex among people to total monogamy because “human beings are by nature highly sexual beings. Their urges very often do not fit into the only officially sanctioned Christian form of sexuality (monogamous, heterosexual marriage).”
But I will go out on a limb and venture a guess that Chaz would be a “pedophobe,” a person fearful of adults having sex with young teens or even pre-teen children. Would he be willing to grant Jack McClellan (I let the reader Google his name), a notorious self-confessed pedophile (even though he says he never has touched a child), the freedom to indulge his urges even if it was with a consensual young teen?
Jack argued during an interview a number of years ago on local LA talk radio that his desires were really just his orientation. In fact, Jack even made the comparison of his sexual attraction for little girls to that of a man or woman’s homosexual attraction to the same sex. Will Chaz advocate for Jack against stodgy, sexually repressive Christianity? Jack even says he is an atheist with anarchist leanings, so he is a kindred spirit with Chaz.
I personally believe the Christian church can do better with ministering to people caught in the sin of homosexuality. I think Christian’s overall have stumbled in this area of outreach. But an aversion to homosexuality as a lifestyle and a conviction that homosexuals are trapped in a filthy sin from which they need to repent is hardly “homophobia.”
If anything, such a concern on the part of Christians is genuine love toward those enslaved to the sin. Statistics and real life facts show that the young men and women engaged in homosexuality live destructive lifestyles which only shorten their lives. To warn them to flee from that bondage of deceptive foolishness by calling them to repentance and submission to their creator who is the only one who can provide genuine redemption is not a phobia to be criticized, but a compassion which should be commended.