A Visit from Mr. Hetero Himself

Over at myspace where I also posted my Mr. Hetero Parts One and Two, I got a visit from a very special guest, 21 year-old Jimmy Otino, the winner of the Mr. Hetero Contest.
Jimmy left the following comments:

First off, there is no power struggle here – There was a homosexual contest in California, so we put together a heterosexual contest! But, it was up to the media and the ignorant people of society to blow it all out of proportion and be in FEAR for themselves for being intolerated! And if you’d like the bible stories, here you are:
1corinthians 6:9-10 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Also, read Genesis 19. – This speaks of how God destroyed the land of Sodom, for it’s homosexual sinfulness.

We did not tip-toe around anything or try to spread our opinion, it is taken from the bible!
There are so many more references that God speaks about the subject here – remember, this is not our opinion, this is God’s word!

Mr Hetero was done for no reason but to have fun, and to spread God’s truth! God bless!

To which I responded:

Thanks Jimmy for stopping by, even if it is just to tell us what awful sinners we are.

No there was no tip-toeing around. The points made were made loud and clear–you believe that same-gender loving people are just as bad as theives and those who covet (ugh, like I do at the mall??) and those who get drunk and those who have sex out of marriage.

Now about Sodom, you have that one wrong. Even Jesus, when he refers to that incident, he does so to highlight how immoral it is to be inhospitable. Read for yourself–Matthew 10:13-15 (New International Version)
Sending his disciples out to preach the gospel, Jesus tells them to go to specific homes, then instructs them…

“If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town. I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.”

Why like Sodom and Gomorrah, because they tried to have homosexual sex? No, because they were not hospitable. Look at Genesis and all the ways the godly people go out of their way to show hospitality. That is how they judged someone’s morality, by how they treated their guests.

Sadly, that is how the young people I met on Saturday night treated me. They did not welcome me or listen to my words. Shame.

To my regular visitors, PLEASE be as polite as possible to Jimmy, even in light of how he wields the word of God as a weapon. Perhaps he might learn something here from our thoughtful responses, especially as we share stories about our lives.

I encourage folks to go to my myspace posting if you like, but please be civil (even if you feel some folks don’t deserve it) or I will delete your comments.

Also of note, an article about the event in Bay Windows and click here for some video of the event (hat tip to pie and coffee)

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  1. Rob7534 on February 24, 2006 at 8:22 am Reply

    1corinthians 6:9-10 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

    Such horrible Bible translations. Doesn’t a thinking person consider for a moment there is a bit of overkill in that passage as translated? Sodomites AND Homosexuals! They are supposed to be the same thing.

    They are two DIFFERENT words in the Greek. Malakoi (translated homosexual) and Arsenokoitai (translated sodomites.)

    “Since the word malakoi — as we relate it to various modern English word forms — has a portion in common with the root of the English word malleable, which refers to something “soft” or “pliable,” some translators would prefer to render the word malakoi as “soft ones,” which, in fact, is its true literal meaning.

    However, because the literal meaning of malakoi does not fit exactly within the literary context of 1 Corinthians 6:9, it most likely had another connotation in the colloquial speech of St. Paul’s day. This is especially likely, since the Apostle Paul wrote his letters in Koine (i.e., common) Greek rather than classical Greek.”

    “…by the time of the Apostle Paul, the word malakoi had assumed a pejorative slang meaning in reference to young call boys or youths who actively sought sexual encounters with men for money, something considered distasteful in both Greek and Roman societies. (Even in accepted pederastic relationships, the youth was to appear reluctant or resistant to the interests of the older man — not eager. And never for money!

    “Because arsenokoitai is not a classical Greek word, it has no clearly translatable modern-day meaning. Either the Apostle Paul coined the word himself or it had already been coined by the society of Paul’s day. Simply stated, there is no extant literature before the Apostle Paul that contains this word.”

    “Arsenokoitai can be divided into two portions: the base word koitai, referring to active sexual partners who provide sexual service, and the prefix arseno, which simply means “male.” It is unclear if the arseno prefix is used here in a qualifying or objective sense (i.e., that those who were providing the sexual service were themselves male or that they were servicing males)…”

    “Some have argued that the Apostle Paul or the Hellenistic Jewish society of his day coined arsenokoitai from the Septuagint Greek translation of Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, where the uncompounded Greek phrase arsenoV koithn (arsenos koitun) is used to translate the original Hebrew of “lying with a male,” which would help show Paul’s intended meaning… the historical and literary contexts for Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 are idolatrous and prostitutional in nature.”

    “For arsenokoitai, St. Jerome used “masculorum concubitores.” “Concubitor” denotes an active sexual partner, just as “concubine” denotes its female passive counterpart. In the case of “concubitor” or “concubine,” the implication is a sexual partner who has been bought and paid for either on a one-time basis or for a longer period of time. Thus, St. Jerome’s Latin rendering could be translated “the male prostitutor of men.” This is certainly in keeping with the types of male-male sex with which the Apostle Paul was familiar.”

    “The Apostle Paul was not exposed to homosexuals who pursue committed monogamous relationships. He was not writing about Christian homosexuals. He simply did not know any. In the final analysis, the arsenokoitai are most probably male temple cult prostitutes who sexually serviced temple-worshippers, both male and female alike, who participated in pagan fertility rituals.”

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  2. Willie Hewes on February 24, 2006 at 9:40 am Reply

    Good answer, Peterson. I might drop by on MySpace later, or I might not. To be honest, I get tired of sharing opinions with people who think their opinion is the opinion of GOD. I don’t know how you do it, but thank you. The New York story below is excellent.

    Oh, and the guys (Joe and Dave) say hi, and hi to Marvin. I played them the winter olympics blog, and they really liked it.

  3. Srina on February 24, 2006 at 2:08 pm Reply

    as the “straight pregnant woman” referenced by peterson in earlier posts about mr. hetero, and as someone who was actually there at the event, i have a few things to say.

    first, to jimmy the winner: shakespeare wrote, in the voice of hamlet i beleive, “there is nothing either good nor bad, but thinking that makes it so.” this goes for all literature (which includes the bible) especially. you see, jimmy, i’m an english teacher and a long-time student of both literature and religion, and the bottom line is that anyone who quotes any text out of context, without considering the whole as well as the parts, is de facto missing the boat. i’m afraid to say that people who do this, like you in this instance, only end up sounding like people who don’t know much about scholarship and language. and who don’t care. they end up sounding like people who only care about one thing: being right. and while being right is nice–it does feel good and cozy, doesn’t it?–there are so many other things that matter in life. like generosity and kindness and compassion–oh, and being ready to be wrong, being ready to learn, being ready to grow. that’s how to be a better person, jimmy. it’s virtually impossible to become a better person–in the eyes of humanity and in the eyes of God, i have to suppose–if all you can do is rest on laurels of pat answers and narrow-minded, unscholarly interpretations that defend only one possible way of viewing the world.

    i could go on, jimmy, but the point is this (and something i tell my students all the time, so maybe try to take this as you would from a professor at your college, because i really am trying to be helpful here): try not to say things that make you sound foolish and uneducated. you may be trying your best to engage in a positive way, but it’s often better to keep your mouth shut, especially when you’re talking about something that lots of people know much more about than you do. so listen–and maybe read some, too. there’s tons of biblical scholarship out there, jimmy. you should check some of it out.

    now to a subject i much prefer: my friend peterson. (i hope lots of people read this post.) peterson is the only living, real-life hero that i have. there are lots of reasons for this that have to do with his activism and his creative genius, but mostly it’s because he does everything he does (or everything i’ve ever seen him do) with grace. when he asks people to be civil, he means it, and he models civility. when he asks people to listen, he means it, and he listens–even to people who say things that can hurt him and that certainly do anger him. when he said to the couple sitting next to us at the mr. hetero contest: “i’m here because i’m a gay christian, and i’m here to support heterosexuality”–it sounds funny, and in a way it is, but he meant it. he could have gone there to make fun, to subvert, to do any number of (funny but) essentially unproductive things, but he didn’t. he went to see, to hear, to learn, and maybe to say his piece to people who wanted to hear it. he lives in hope and in the belief that people are basically good. he believes in humanity, he believes in bridges and, in the absence of them, building them, quietly but intrepidly brooking whatever hatred and ignorance stand in his–and our–way.

    i’m blessed to have such a person in my life. thank you, peterson, for being someone i can look up to.

  4. Hollands Opus on February 24, 2006 at 6:32 pm Reply

    Greetings all,
    wanted to say hello and mention that I had the pleasue of meeting Peterson at the Mr. Hetero event, a gentleman he is I an say, and quite personable. I was also a contestant in the event and very much appreciated Peterson’s candor in introducing himself to me.

    Despite our considerable differences on the issue of homosexuality, and they are quite contrary, Peterson set a good example by reaching out as one human being to another. And I am glad for that.

    I participated as a from of peaceful protest, in a manner of speaking, against those voices which constantly condemn as hate any dissent, socially and culturally speaking, on this issue. I am surely no perfect Christian (if there is such a thing) and I am a created being in the manner of all created beings, huma that is.

    I am learning also to be very careful of my motives, and to speak cordailly and respectfully to people with whom I have my most strident disagreements. That needs work, I confess.

    I would encourage a loving attitude from both sides. Those who believe homosexaulity to be opposed ot the will of God, must speak in love and in the power which God supplies to those who know Him and desire fellowship with thim, on His terms. Likewise, those that believe that God has no issue with homosexuality should act in accordance with love for a fellow human being to help that human being out of his or her perception. If it is wrong to speak of homosexual sex as sin, then treat those so speaking with the goal of winning them to the truth of God’s will on the matter.

    Let us each follow the wisdom spoken to us by James, the brother of the Lord, who said;

    “With the same mouth we bless God and curse those who are made in the image of God. My brothers, these things should not be”.

    Peace
    Contestant Pat

  5. Bob Painter on February 27, 2006 at 5:06 pm Reply

    Pat,

    Thank you for your post. Your hospitalitiy has never been so evident as it is above.

    Peace…

    BOB

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