Jennifer Knapp is a Dove Award-winning Christian folk rock musician. She is best known for her first hit single "Undo Me" from her debut album Kansas (1998), and the song "A Little More" from her Grammy Award-nominated album Lay It Down (2000). Her last studio release, The Way I Am (2001), was also nominated for a Grammy. In total, her albums have altogether sold approximately 1 million copies.
She recently revealed to Reuters that she is a lesbian.
Many homosexuals are devout Christians – which is something I find trouble understanding. Here, I am not talking about those that are Christian and are in denial of their sexual orientation – I am talking about those that have actually embraced their orientation wholeheartedly, are happy with it (possibly even in committed long-term relationships), and are still believing and practicing Christians. (An example might be Val Kalende, a prominent Ugandan LGBT activist, who is not only a Christian, but also serves as a minister, regularly taking her place on the worship team at her church.)
Yahweh, the ‘God’ of Judaism and Christianity is believed (by those that belong to those faiths) to be on record to have said the following:
"Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable. Leviticus 18:22
"If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” Leviticus 20:13
You’d think the last thing gays would want to do is to grovel at the feet of a deity who detests what they do and wants them dead for just being who they are.
Now, I do not in any way believe that Yahweh or any kind of ‘God’ exists. But suppose, hypothetically, that Yahweh actually existed. Even so, it would be impossible for me to respect it, worship it, or grovel at its feet. I would proudly raise my head and call it a barbaric moron. I agree with Dawkins who famously said:
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; petty, unjust, unforgiving, control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty, ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevent bully."
OK, back to Jennifer Knapp.
For now, it remains unclear how the Christian community is going to react to her revelation about her orientation. She’s fortunate though – if she was alive 3,000 years ago record sales would have been the least of her worries:
Not so fast, you evil lesbians! Paul wrote in Romans 1:25-32:
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.
They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
So it would appear that not even lesbians will be spared from the wrath of Yahweh. Ouch. Burn, baby, buuuuurrrnnn!!
Ugandans have been quite happy to use the above verses (and many others in the Bible) in their intended context to discriminate against gays and lesbians – their intolerance epitomised by attempts to introduce one of the most draconian pieces of legislation ever drafted in recent memory.
The question is – why do many gays and lesbians continue holding to a religion, and worshipping a deity, that not only despises them, but explicitly instructs others to despise them also ?
I don’t get it.