I just read an interesting exchange in the letters column of the March 2004 Atlantic Monthly, between several pro-gay Christians and Philip Jenkins. Jenkins had earlier wrote that western Christians accepting homo-sexuality not only hurt conversion in the Global South but also betrayed the doctrines of the faith.
So the letters came in pointing out that the New Testament only condemns homosexual acts twice, neither time by Christ, and that Christ taught a message of tolerance and acceptance. Jenkins responded that Christ taught a message of tolerance, acceptance, and repentance from sin.
Then it gets interesting.
Laurence Wolf [a letter writer] observes that Jesus says very little about sexual matters, which might concievably mean that he regarded rules of sexual conduct as trivial or insignificant. Much more likely, though, is that Jesus simply shared the sexual values of Judaism in his time, and felt no need to reassert doctrines and beliefs that were self-evident. Supporting this latter view, stringent moral and sexual orthodoxy–indeed, puritanism–pervades the earliest Christian documents . . . .
Jenkins has the better of the argument, methinks. Before I adopt this method of scriptural interpretation, however, I thought I’d ask whether or not I’m letting myself in for any pitfalls.