Homosexuality (Part 1)
Corpus Christi and Ted Haggard
This email arrived in my inbox from a friend whom I had not talked to in years.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
A pornographic movie is being shot and is intended to show up in America soon, which shows Jesus and his disciples as homosexuals. This is similar to a play that has been in the Theatre halls for a while. It's called "Corpus Christi" which means "The Body of Christ".
A petition follows this alarm raising message with dire warnings of a moral calamity should this film land in the United States.
A quick search through snopes.com exposes this Internet rumor as a completely baseless hoax which has refused to die since its inception in 1984.
Due diligence, anyone?
You probably have heard of pastor Ted Haggard whose spectacular fall hit the national headlines a few months back. When the allegations of visiting a male prostitute and drug use surfaced, he flat out denied and denied and denied and denied until confronted and overwhelmed by the mountain of deniable evidence.
Two months passed, and as the scandal was about to fade from public consciousness, he emerged to tell the world that he was now "completely heterosexual."
There is no need for me to present any more empirical data to demonstrate to you that no other issue with moral overtones sets off conservative Christians like homosexuality does.
I turned 18 when the gay Jesus movie rumor surfaced and was quickly debunked. Now I am a 40 year old dirty old man who still has a soft spot for Britney Spears despite her recent troubles. To think that she was only 3 years old that year. And a friend whom I rarely talk to comes out of the woodwork only to express his drive-by outrage about a non-existent gay Jesus movie just to disappear again.
Ted Haggard may still be unrepentant. He may still be a manipulative liar. He may still be an adulterer. He may even help himself to illegal drugs.
But my goodness, we can all go to bed tonight and sleep well because he is now "completely heterosexual." I was on the edge of my seat all that time since Haggard's spectacular fall sweating out his sexual orientation, but have slept very well since the revelation of his "complete heterosexuality."
Homosexuality. I am jumping on the bandwagon (or a minefield) to talk about it because obviously we Christians don't talk about it enough. So stay tuned. And please hold the fire. I get to strike first.
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