...at least according to the Jesus Metropolitan Community Church, which has been erecting billboards around Indianapolis construing various biblical passages as being in support of, for example, gay marriage. The passage referred to in the above billboard goes as follows:
When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6"Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly." 7And he said to him, "I will come and heal him." 8But the centurion replied, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes, and to another, 'Come,' and he comes, and to my servant,[a] 'Do this,' and he does it." 10When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel[b] have I found such faith. 11I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." 13And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; let it be done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed at that very moment.
Reaction from Indianapolis city-folk has been mixed, with some lamenting the fact that a few of the billboards have been defaced, and others calling the various messages propounded by them"lies".
Reaction from my corner has been alot of giggling, cackling, and smirking all at the same time. In fact I think I might have sprained my upper lip. Since you couldn't get me to read the bible at gun-point I can't tell you if JMCC's reading here is accurate. In fact, I rather doubt it is, as it turns on the interpretation of a single term-- "servant" ("pais"). But what the hell? I just like anything that keeps Christians on their toes.
But, wow!, I thought I was cruel and malicious. These gay warriors down in Indiana really, really know how to rub it in, to stick it to the mainstream etc. etc., "to fight the war, and fuck the norm!", to poke that dog right in the ass, and all that good stuff. I'd almost say they were being insensitive, unnecessarily provocative, but somebody would probably remind me that in our heteronomic hegemony only straights are capable of that.