This is part six of a seven part series on
LGBTQ+ themes and the Bible
The seven themes are:
Many religious leaders have demonized the sex LGBTQ people enjoy. They have shamed us about our sexual desires and lovemaking and sexual pleasure. They have told us sex is only for procreation. They are wrong.
Sex has so many purposes in our lives. Straight elderly couples who can no longer procreate can still recreate, and they do! Sex gives pleasures, deepens intimacy, and releases endorphins that promote our mental and emotional health.
Sex and erotic play take many forms. It is not all about penetration and producing offspring. In looking at LGBTQ-friendly Bible stories, I choose to include stories about sex in the Bible–particularly non-procreative, non-penetrative sex.
In the telling of the story and in many subsequent sermons by Christian ministers, Delilah gets a bad rap, but I feel empathy for Delilah. Consider Judges 14 & the threats Samson’s first wife faced from her male leaders.
On the fourth day they said to Samson’s wife, “Coax your husband to explain the riddle to us, or we will burn you and your father’s house with fire. Have you invited us here to impoverish us?”
The participants who attended the LGBTQ+ Friendly Bible Hour provide more examples of Non-Procreative Sex Positive Stories
- Ruth & Boaz
- Mary & Joseph (Particularly in Roman Catholic traditions, the church teaches Joseph and Mary did not have procreative sex yet they remained a couple. What sort of physical intimacy did they share?)
- David & Jonathan (One way to read this relationship is on of deep affection and physical intimacy. They spent time together, said vows to each other, and enjoyed each other physically.)
- Song of Songs (An extraordinary celebration of erotic love.)
- Jesus and the Sex Worker (In the text the disciples and people in the house are scandalized by Jesus allowing the sex worker to give him a foot massage–a highly erotic and intimate act.)
What about you? What stories from the Bible do you want to add to the list of Transition/Transitioning stories. Leave you thoughts in the comments below.
Many thanks to Wild Goose and the folks who attended the workshop!
IF you want to hear more alternative readings to the Bible, check out the monthly podcast I co-host with Liam Hooper: The Bible Bash Podcast! available wherever you listen to podcasts.