I’ve been reading Matthew Lee Anderson’s excellent book Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to Our Faith (Bethany House, 2011). I’m probably not going to take the time to do a full review of this book, but I just came across something that I thought worth sharing. In his remarks about the Bible’s clear prohibitions on homosexual behavior, he says this:
The explicit rejections of gay and lesbian practices are not “clobber verses,” but rather the tip of an iceberg sticking above the surface: they reveal a much larger and deeper understanding of human sexuality and its relationship to our lives before God (p. 153).
He is so right on this. Sometimes critics will say that the Bible only has a handful of texts that address homosexuality and that it is therefore improper to make much of something spoken of so little in Holy Scripture. What critics fail to see is that the Bible’s sexual ethic runs right through the entire canon, not just through selected texts. This is why they continue to make the spurious claim that Jesus never addressed the ethics of homosexuality. In fact Jesus did speak to the issue of homosexuality by defining what a marriage is (Matt. 19:4-6). Thus by implication, he disallowed all other unions.