We all know Elton John is a homosexual. Even my mom, whose gaydar functions about as well as healthcare.gov, was able to figure that out decades ago (maybe it was his glasses or his sequined jackets… hard to tell). So it is not surprising that he himself would be promoting gay marriage “rights” all over the world. What is more annoying, if not very surprising, is his eagerness to tell us what Jesus would say on the subject. In an interview with Sky News, he happily exposed his ignorance:
Sir Elton agreed that gay clergy should be allowed to get married and suggested that the celibacy vow for Catholic priests be abolished.
“These are old and stupid things. If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him, as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen. He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together and that’s what the church should be about.”
Speaking of “old and stupid,” perhaps Elton John should keep quiet about anything outside of the realm of looking fruity, writing ballads, or playing the piano. “If Jesus was alive today”? I’m guessing Elton John doesn’t realize that most Christians believe Jesus is alive today. That Elton John clearly doesn’t believe that, yet presumes to tell us all what Jesus would say about gay marriage, is par for the course with homosexual activists.
I will never understand why homosexuals are so obsessed with fitting Christianity, Jesus, popular culture, and everything else around their personal choices. If Christianity has traditionally been against homosexuality, then homosexuals should just reject Christianity altogether, right? Instead, they want to force Jesus and Christianity to fit into their mold. Does anyone else think that’s ridiculous? “I really badly want to be a member of your group. In fact, I love your group so much, that I want you to change some of its traditional core beliefs.” This is like a white man trying to convince the Black Panthers that Huey Newton would have permitted him to join. Why do homosexuals even want to join in the first place?
And just for your information, Dame Elton John, Jesus was not a Christian. Jesus was not a disciple of Jesus. That’s dumb. And He wasn’t “all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together,” etc. He did and said some really divisive things. Like this:
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” (Matt. 10:34–39)
I will grant that Jesus was also very loving and compassionate and forgiving. But that doesn’t mean he just accepted people as they were. In fact, the very definitions of forgiveness and compassion necessitate that Jesus did not leave people as he found them. Most people overlook the conclusion of the oft-cited “woman caught in adultery” narrative. It ends with Jesus saying, “Go and sin no more.” He didn’t say, “Unlike the Pharisees, I accept you as you are.” In effect, he said, “The Pharisees were wrong. But so were you.”
What’s the point of love and forgiveness and compassion? The whole point of forgiveness is the clearing of wrong. It assumes that wrong has been done, and needs to be corrected to reach a resolution. If Jesus supports gay marriage, then his forgiveness and compassion don’t enter into it, do they? Because, in that case, homosexuals apparently aren’t in the wrong. If they need forgiveness and compassion from Jesus, which I believe is available to them, it is because they are doing what is wrong. But his forgiveness will not leave them as it finds them. Forgiveness and compassion are transformational.
And, in case you were wondering, Jesus already told us, in so many words, what he thinks about gay marriage. Jesus affirmed the traditional heterosexual conception of marriage: between man and woman (Matthew 19:1ff). And he also gave us a very clear description of what love means: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). But which commandments are those, Jesus? Well, he told us that, too:
Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 5:17–19)
Okay. So Jesus believed the Law (Torah) to be applicable until one of two things happened: either the law itself was accomplished (as in the case of the blood sacrifice of the Cross accomplishing what the other blood sacrifices foreshadowed) or until heaven and earth pass away. The laws against homosexuality have no possibility of accomplishment (whatever that would look like, I don’t know). So those laws still apply until the end of time. At which point there will be no more marriage or giving in marriage and this whole issue will be irrelevant (Matt. 22:30).
Love for God and man is obeying God’s commands. Since Jesus is about love, he is about obeying what God has commanded and rejecting what he has forbidden. According to Jesus, the whole point of the Law was showing love for God and man. Keeping the law was love. Love was keeping the law. Love can’t be defined any other way without being entirely destructive and arbitrary. Elton John acts as if Jesus would affirm anything that we deigned to call love. But such a perspective is absurd. To prove that, let’s look at another man who said something similar:
I haven’t got any guilt about anything because I have never been able to see any wrong. . . I have always said: Do what your love tells you, and I do what my love tells me.
His name was Charles Manson. His love involved killing people. But Jesus wouldn’t judge. Because Jesus is all about love.