LETTER OF THE DAY - Misinterpreting Jesus
THE EDITOR, Sir:It is a very common mistake to misinterpret Jesus. It happened throughout His lifetime. A misinterpretation seems to have occurred with Father Major-Campbell, if the report in The Gleaner of Monday, December 8, 2014 is accurate.
It was reported that he welcomed and washed the feet of lesbians as part of his service in 'Celebration of Human Rights'. There was nothing wrong in Father Major-Campbell welcoming lesbians to a church service. But his motive in so doing is quite clearly a misunderstanding of Jesus' words and actions.
Jesus said, "I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance." To implement these words, Jesus therefore mixed and moved with publicans, prostitutes and other well-known sinners. But the crucial phrase in His words are "to repentance".
He never said, "I came not to call the righteous but sinners". In other words, Jesus never accepted nor condoned their sin. He called them "to repentance", that is, to turn radically from their lifestyle, and to live according to His commandments.
The impression given by Father Major-Campbell is that he was justifying and condoning the lifestyle of the ladies as a 'right'. Unlike Jesus, he was not calling them "to repentance". His action was, therefore, the very opposite of that of Jesus. He misinterpreted his Lord.
In fact, the lifestyle being practised by the two ladies is explicitly condemned in Romans 1:26, which states, "For this cause God gave them up to vile affections, for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature." However, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 shows that, contrary to some opinions, persons with homosexual tendencies can be converted and 'washed'.
It is hoped that behind the washing of the feet of the ladies was a sign that Father Major-Campbell was actually praying for their conversion - that they, too, may be 'washed'. This would be a correct interpretation of Jesus.
EARL THAMES (Rev)
Knox Community College
Spaldings PO, Clarendon