David Cameron Updates Christ
“If our Lord Jesus was around today,” says the youngest British prime minister in the last 200 years, “he would very much be backing a strong agenda on equality and equal rights, and not judging people on their sexuality.” Thus does David Cameron justify his support of civil partnerships for gays, an unusual position for a Tory.
Cameron has done the creative service of rendering Christianity’s founder politically correct just in time for his new administration. The task of projecting the teachings of Christ concerning sexual behavior into the 21st century clearly required certain changes. Consider these updates to some key texts:
Christ to the woman caught in adultery: “Neither do I condemn you; go, and lobby against those who do.” (Jn 8:11)
Christ on what makes a person unclean: “What comes out of a man is what defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man, except in the context of a stable relationship.” (Mt 7:20-23)
St. Paul on following Christ: “But fornication and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is fitting among saints. Be wise as serpents, therefore, and call all sexual attraction marriage.” (Eph 5:3)
St. Paul on the law: “Now we know that the law is good, if any one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, immoral persons, sodomites, kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. Thus the principles of the law, being fundamentally discriminatory, require frequent change.” (1 Tim 1:8-12)
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