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"Here I am on the cusp of seventy
years of age . . . a Presbyterian
pastor and missionary" ministering to
fifty or sixty "queers and queens" in
"this northern Thai village context."   
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Dobson
with Pramote, his Thai partner
of ten years.
Jesus Was Gay?
Dr. Kenneth Dobson
February 23, 2010
"Jesus Was Gay?"
                        Jesus Was Gay?  

I read this week that Sir Elton John has made headlines claiming that Jesus was gay.  The quote
was:

JESUS was GAY - according to the gospel of SIR ELTON JOHN.

The singer makes his controversial claim about the Lord in a new US interview that will enrage
America's bible belt.

Elton, 62, declares as he pours out his heart to a magazine: "I think Jesus was a compassionate,
super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems."

He adds: "Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don't know what makes people so cruel. Try
being a gay woman in the Middle East - you're as good as dead."

I am ready to agree that Jesus was gay.

I am not only ready to accept, I am ready to
insist, that Jesus was gay, black, feminine, Hispanic (in
Texas, for example), Christian (in Burma, for example), a migrant, an immigrant, a liberal, and that
Jesus was in Auschwitz, in Salem (you know when), at Gettysburg, in Stalingrad ... wherever people
are suffering Jesus is there, and radically one of them ... not just
for them, but with them, one of
them.  

If Elton John needs Jesus to be gay for him, Jesus will be glad to be gay.  Jesus let the "loose
woman" wash his feet and dry them with her hair, and you know what THAT meant.  You aren’t
sure?  Well, use your imagination.  

The theological problem doesn’t come when we are one of those who are tortured, marginalized,
abused, terrorized, or suffering, but when we are one of the abusers, the corrupters, the despots or
the bigots.  When we then claim Jesus is on our side, we will likely hear, "I never knew you"
(Matthew 7:23).  Strom Thurman, James Dobson (no relation) and Jerry Falwell cannot expect to be
in the same line-up as their victims unless they were radically transformed in a process that went
unreported.  The trouble comes to even more of us when we are decent and basically good, and
not involved, just minding our own business and keeping our noses clean.  We will be surprised to
find the fence is too razor sharp to sit on, and the weight of our non-involvement will weigh too
heavily to keep us from being sliced right up the ... well, it isn't a pretty picture.

But, I think Sir Elton was referring to Jesus’
gender orientation for which there is inadequate
evidence to draw a firm conclusion one way or another.  However, to say there is a grey area here
is already going to offend those clinging to the buckle in the Bible belt.

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Dobson
Chiang Mai, Thailand
February 23, 2010
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