Jesus' Missing Words on Homosexuality

07/02/2012 03:20 pm ET | Updated Sep 01, 2012

It seems to me that Jesus said a lot of important things about a lot of important issues. He said more than most people want to know about money and the use of it. He talked about marriage and divorce. He talked a lot about pride and arrogance. He talked about care of the poor. He talked about politics a little. Render unto Caesar and such. He talked about prejudices and praised those who were "outsiders." The Samaritans came off pretty good in his discussions. He seems to have talked a lot about the things that were important to him and the people around him.

So it is pretty significant, I think, that Jesus said absolutely nothing about homosexuality. There is not a parable, story or a quote that is directed at the homosexual. It is not as if they were not part of the society in which he lived. There has always been a percentage of people who were different. Lot tried to protect his visitors from the abuse of the town people in the Old Testament. The Greeks and the Romans had a percentage of them and had places for them in their society. So it is not as if there were no homosexuals in the communities in which Jesus visited.

So in the Gospels Jesus is not reported to have said anything about being for or against homosexuals. Silence on some matters is to be expected. You do not look for Jesus to have said much about "texting while driving." You cannot be surprised when Jesus says nothing about airplane travel or about nuclear energy. Global warming did not get mentioned either, but that is not a surprise. It is a surprise to read that there is nothing in the words of Jesus about homosexuals.

Since he did not hesitate to speak out about the issues that were important to him, that were a matter of deep significance to him, about matters that affect our relationship with each other and God, the absence of any comment about homosexuals is significant. If it had mattered to him, if it had been of great importance to him, one would have expected him to say something about it.

Since it did not seem to be a "matter of eternal significance" to him, maybe it should not be so important to us.