An Open Letter To Monica Cole – Dir. Of One Million Moms.
Dear Monica Cole,
I just read your open letter One Million Moms attack Zales, and feel that there are some significant scripts, passages and content within the pages of the Bible that you have forgotten to mention, or are perhaps in denial of.
In your letter, you mention that “Scripture says multiple times that homosexuality is wrong, and God will not tolerate this sinful nature (Romans 1:26-27)”. To begin with Ms Cole, there are only seven (7) passages in the Bible, out of 31,173 verses that directly mention homosexuality. Some of which are even questionable when referring to the behavior itself! There are far more severe “sins” mentioned in the Bible, such as adultery.
In Matthew 19:9(CEB) Jesus stated to Moses “I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery”. Marriage was instituted by God as an absolute lifelong commitment. In Matthew 19:6 “So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” God hates divorce no question, and considers the marriage vow a sacred covenant.
The Bible considers divorce as unrepentant adultery! Adultery is a much more serious sin than many others, because covenants and commitments come into play. A marriage covenant is very serious in the eyes of God. So, anyone who has been through a divorce and re-marries according to the Bible is not only a sinner, but an adulterer. Therefore, it should appear logical to discriminate against divorcees in addition to homosexuals, am I wrong?
*All of the teachings in the Bible concerning marriage refer to marriage between a man and a woman, you are right. ****However, there is no precedent for same-sex marriages or partnerships, nor a specific prohibition. Jesus never mentioned homosexuality, but he did condemn all forms of sexual immorality which includes homosexuality as well as, and grouped with adultery, fornication, incest, group sex, unchastity, prostitution, lust, beastiality, sex outside of marriage. That’s right, sex outside of marriage is a sin.
*Paul intended to condemn homosexual conduct (but not homosexual people) in the most general and theologically broad terms he knew. His three scattered references fit together in an impressive way as an expression of God’s will as he saw it. Many common beliefs and attitudes about homosexuality actually have their origins in our cultural traditions rather than in the Bible. [Those who are adamantly against it such as yourself, appear to use the Bible as a vehicle to justify discrimination.]
As I mentioned previously, there are only *7 Bible passages on this topic, and it is not one of the major sins appointed in the Ten Commandments or even by Jesus. (In comparison, the sin of hatred is mentioned 21 times, lying and false testimony 30, greed, avarice and covetousness 40, theft 42, adultery 52, murder 57, self-righteousness 79, and idolatry 169 times.) When read in context, a majority of the Bible passages refer to specific homosexual practices which violate other important Bible prohibitions such as idolatry, rape, prostitution or pederasty.
Regardless of how we interpret the Bible’s teachings about homosexual acts, it is important to note that the Bible does not condemn people for being sexually attracted to persons of the same sex. In Corinthians 6:9–10 The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality will inherit the Kingdom of God. This includes people who are divorced and then remarry. Christians today will gladly bash homosexuals, and find a way to diminish their rights (such as yourself), yet divorcees, adulterers, idolaters, thieves, even swindlers and drunkards are in the mix. In fact, much of the Bible is dedicated to how a Christian individual should behave, insisting upon fairness, equity and love. Clearly you Ms Cole, are not acting very Christian by your homophobic stance. You also state “We must remain diligent and stand up for Biblical values and truth.” Do you additionally bash divorcees, adulterers, idolaters, thieves, swindlers and drunkards too? And if not, why not?
As it is written… Adultery is one of the most frequently and severely condemned sins noted in the Bible. It is even one of the Ten Commandments. “Thou shall not commit Adultery”. Divorce is contrary to God’s will, so how can one be argued as valid and not the other?
You also state, and I quote: “Millions of Americans strongly believe marriage should be between one man and one woman“ Unquote. Might I be so bold as to add that Millions of Americans also support marriage equality.
The Constitution of the United States does not refer specifically to marriage itself, but the 14th Amendment (ratified in1868) guarantees equal protection of the laws: “No State shall…deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” AMENDMENT XIV, SECTION 1. And while it was predominantly issued for the freed slaves post civil war, it stipulates all American citizens.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Discrimination is of course then relevant for denying equal rights. These are the laws (or amendments thereof) of the land. Of course laws and rights can be overturned and/or changed, as President Barack Obama has done so in favor of the people.
There is nothing in the Bible to justify shunning or avoiding business dealings with a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people, yet you are shunning an entire community. As well as shunning and threatening Zales whilst suggesting customers do not shop there, especially during Christmas season. I would be surprised if Zales do not sue you for Slander. The very thing God is against. let me remind you also, that there is nothing in the Bible advocating or authorizing violence, hatred, legal discrimination or taunting.
James 2:13 makes it glaringly clear that we must treat others with mercy, not with judgment such as criticism or condemnation, and neither with prejudice. “because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.“ It is time to wake up Ms Cole, and stop blaming the Bible for your radical hate and homophobia.
I am aware that One Million Moms is a division of AFA, a radical Christian organization accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability raking in over $17 Million dollars to spread their hate. They have been listed as a “Designated Hate Group” by The Southern Poverty Law Center who advocate for civil rights. There is nothing Christian about your organization, for God would surely weep. What does the Bible say about hate?
1 John 2:9 – Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.
Proverbs 10:12 – Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.
Proverbs 10:18 – Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool.
I would personally like to thank Zales Jewelers for recognizing marriage equality. I know where I will be purchasing my jewelry items this shopping season!
••• Paula here It should be noted that marriage in the Bible was often NOT between one man and one woman:
Here are just a few passages and they are running alphabetically, I just three starting with the letter A (LOL)
And after him Abdon the son of Hillel, a Pirathonite, judged Israel. 14And he had forty sons and thirty nephews, that rode on threescore and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel eight years.
Judges 12:13–14, King James Version
But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.
2 Chronicles 13:21, King James Version
And Ashur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah.
1 Chronicles 4:5, King James Version