We often hear about “The Golden Rule” of Jesus, but have you heard of The Platinum Rule? The Golden Rule says “we should do unto others as we would want done unto us.” But some scholars are wondering if that was authentic. They question the accuracy of this verse on multiple merits, but even just logical thinkers can see the moral limitations in the golden version of the rule, and are questioning whether an even higher standard was actually set?
Category: Social Justice
As Jesism has become more widespread, we’re getting more questions about our “official” stance on certain issues. One is about LGBTQ issues, since the more traditional Jesus people tend to be so conflicted on the issue. So we wanted to address that question here today, even though we try to be very limited on the “official” stances that we take as an organization. So here goes:
There is no issue as far as we are concerned. Everyone can be who they want to be when it comes to gender and sexuality, and other people don’t need to have an opinion about it. If the Bible does say anything about sexuality and gender, it is only the opinion of the writers based on the culture and biases of their day. Jesus was never recorded as having spoke about it, so it must not have been a big thing to him. If someone has a problem with another persons gender or sexual identity that is on them, and it means they need to grow deeper in their theological and world view.
In fact, to bring the whole thing around full circle, when many LGBTQ people are asked how they identify their sexual identity, they simply respond “I am”…
Wondering why another label and “ism”? See the Answer to Question #4 here…
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In a post by Episcopal Priest, David R. Henson on Patheos, he points out that Jesus wasn’t really a “radical.” At least not as we tend to understand the word in today’s culture. He makes the insightful case that Jesus was actually quite level headed, and perhaps it’s us who are radicals if we aren’t doing as Jesus did. In the post David says the following:
Jesus was non-violent. So was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And so was Mahatma Gandhi. But some people tend to misrepresent what it means to be “peaceful” when fighting for a cause. And sometimes those who claim to be followers of Jesus are leading that charge. Let me expound.