This week, Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) sent out an email Christmas greeting that talked about the birth of Christ, and support for the traditional view of Marriage, as if this episode of religious significance supported the other. But in reality, nothing could be farther from the truth, and the Christmas Story, the birth of the baby Jesus, is probably the single most important Bible story for supporting alternative family units including gay and lesbian couples. That’s right I said it. The Christmas Story is clear and supportive proof for the acceptance of non-traditional families including gay and lesbian couples.
Just a few days from now we celebrate the most amazing thing that ever happened in human history: God became man. A baby was born, and suddenly God was with us.
“Just religion?” is the way the world–that world which we human are now busily attempting to remake in our own image–dulls our childlike sense of wonder, our ability to see and feel and react to the truth about who we are. We are children of the King who freely chose to love us, who taught us what love means: to be willing to die if necessary, and to get up every day to do the work that God has placed before us.
Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.Matthew 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.Matthew 1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.Matthew 1:24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:Matthew 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.Luke 2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)Luke 2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.Luke 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)Luke 2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.Luke 2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.