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Pete Buttigieg, a gay Christian and Democrat talks at length about his faith in the 2020 Campaign

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., has attracted a bit of praise for sharing how his Christian faith and sexual orientation – he is gay – are not at odds but complement one another.

Buttigieg is a homosexual and has been openly critical of Christian leaders like Vice President Mike Pence who stand for the biblical definition of marriage.

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor is an Episcopalian who is able to quote Bible . He also happens to be a presidential candidate who embraces his husband on stage at campaign rallies. However, Combining homosexuality and Christianity might be the most natural thing in the world for Buttigieg and millions of gay Americans, but it is an iconoclastic development in American politics, where generalizations about religious freedom have in recent years been used specifically to fight advances in

Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg is an American former naval intelligence officer who has been the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, since 2012. Buttigieg graduated from Harvard College and, on a Rhodes Scholarship, from Pembroke College, Oxford. 

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Vice President Mike Pence has never attacked Buttigieg, but as CBN News has reported, Buttigieg made it sound like he did.

“I wish the Mike Pence's of the world would understand, that if you have a problem with who I am, your quarrel is not with me,” Buttigieg said earlier this month. “Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”

Pete Buttigieg

Answering multiple comments Buttigieg made about God, Graham tweeted,

“Presidential candidate & South Bend Mayor @PeteButtigieg is right–God doesn't have a political party. But God does have commandments, laws & standards He gives us to live by. God doesn't change. His Word is the same yesterday, today & forever.”

Vice President Mike Pence

Franklin Graham – one of President Trump's top evangelical advisers – believes Pete Buttigieg's marriage is sinful and has called on him to repent for his homosexuality.

Franklin Graham

For some on the religious leaders, like Franklin Graham, Buttigieg's identity, while it's shared by many gay Americans of faith, does not hold water.

Graham, the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, tweeted:

Being “is something to be repentant of, not to be flaunted, praised or politicized.”

Some have said that Graham's position is ironic and hypocritical given his embrace of Donald Trump as President. But conservative faith leaders have pushed Trump and applauded him in particular for his selection of conservative Supreme Court justices like Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, who they hope will challenge court precedent on

“Mayor Buttigieg says he's a gay Christian!!!! As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized. The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman – not two men, not two women.”

Franklin Graham

Still, John Fea, professor at Messiah College and author of “Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump,” characterized the whole debate as “much ado about nothing,” politically speaking.

“I do not think evangelicals (of any race) are ready yet for a gay president and few of them will Democratic, so in some ways the point is (moot),” he said in an email. He added that if evangelicals did back a Democrat, it would most likely be former Vice President Joe Biden.

“If Buttigieg was pro-life and gay that would be very interesting,” John Fea said. “My guess is that many evangelicals would hold their nose and vote for Buttigieg because the life of the unborn is more important.”

John Fea

What does the Bible say about homosexuality?

The debate over gay marriage is not just taking place among politicians — it is also a subject of intense discussion in the nation's churches.

Discussions of homosexuality or “same-sex marriage,” whether in person, in the media or on the Internet, often turn to what the Bible says. Someone is likely to argue that homosexuality is a sin and point to Leviticus, Romans or the Genesis story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Others will suggest homosexuality is not a sin.

The Bible provides God's blueprint for marriage and for His good gift of sex in Genesis 2:24. The gift is only to be enjoyed within a marriage between a man and a woman.

There are no exceptions suggested, such as homosexual partnerships. From Genesis on, the Bible praises the marriage of a man and a woman, but it speaks only negatively of homosexual behaviour whenever it is mentioned.

The Old Testament states, “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable” (Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13). The New Testament agrees, listing “homosexual offenders” among a list of people who “will not inherit the kingdom of God” unless they are cleansed through Christ (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

Other passages are Genesis, chapter 19; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Timothy 1:8-11; and Jude, verse 7. However, it is important to note that the Bible speaks only of homosexual behaviour (which would include lust–choosing to fantasise about behaviour), not unchosen feelings. God will not judge a Christian guilty for his or her involuntary feelings.

Sometimes it is said that the Bible does not record any words of Jesus about homosexuality, and therefore it must be acceptable to God. However, the Bible does not record sayings of Jesus about a number of other specific sins either. When people asked Jesus about marriage, He told them to remember what Genesis said about God's plan for marriage (Matthew 19:1-12). So, in this sense, Jesus did have something to say about homosexual partnerships. God only blessed sex within the committed marriage relationship of a man and a woman.

Some have tried to reinterpret what the Bible says, in an effort to approve homosexual relationships. For a reply to such efforts, read “Straight and Narrow” by Thomas Schmidt


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