“The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him,” Proverbs 18:17.
A recent article appeared in Yahoo news titled, “Rep. Ted Lieu Silently Schools GOP On Jesus Christ’s Comments About Homosexuality.” Representative Lieu addressing his fellow representatives of the United States House of Representatives said, “I just thought I would now recite what Jesus Christ said about homosexuality,” then remains silent for about 15 seconds before yielding the floor.
It was dramatic. It was intended to be. Lieu used Jesus Christ as his authority for addressing what he termed as “the historic wave of bills targeting LGBTQ teens, children and their families.” The tacit effect he meant to convey was if Jesus Christ never said anything specifically against homosexuality why do we make it a big deal.
As the verse above says, “The first to plead his case seems right,” but let’s examine what Lieu said. Lieu employed an informal fallacy commonly known as an argument from silence. People, politicians especially, use such fallacies “when the speaker’s goal of achieving common agreement is more important to them than utilizing sound reasoning.”
Lieu is right Jesus never specifically targeted the sin of homosexuality, but he never said anything during His earthly ministry concerning fornication (sex outside of marriage), pedophilia (having sex with children), or bestiality (having sex with animals), that does not mean Jesus, because He did not directly mention these sins, condones any of these illicit sexual practices.
In fact, as the Second Person of the Trinity, He along with Father God and the Holy Spirit inspired the prophet Moses and the apostle Paul to write about all of these sexual sins. And Jesus throughout His earthly ministry declared His trust in and repeatedly quoted the Scriptures He inspired. Ergo, it would be completely false to think Jesus condoned any type of sexual immorality specifically condemned by the Bible.
What kind of bills target “LGBTQ teens, children and their families?” Is Lieu referring to laws meant to prevent men who pretend to be women from competing in women’s sports? Maybe he thinks our law in Florida that prevents teachers from discussing sex with kidergarteners and children through the third grade targets homosexuals and transgender people.
Let me be perfectly clear, I do not want any teacher discussing their sex life with underage children whether or not their sexual orientation is heterosexual or homosexual. But it is not heterosexuals for the most part who are protesting such laws. Homosexuals cannot have children biologically speaking; the only way they can continue their lifestyle to the next generation is inculcating the children of heterosexuals with their views.
Lieu attempted to influence his fellow lawmakers with his specious reasoning; of course, that is not difficult to do with fellow politicians whose reasoning is no better than his.
I am sure Lieu will be just as silent when he stands before the Judge of the whole earth. That will be quite dramatic, damnably dramatic.