Bible study class a few hours ago on Judges 16 lead me to thinking about a surprising parallel that can be drawn between Samson and a gay New York pastor. Its implications lead me to view the recent hullabaloo regarding Rev. Ouyang’s marriage with less apprehension and, I must admit although the following adjective’s political incorrectness is almost staggering, a little less distaste. The issue has stuck a really raw nerve with me and I’m surprised to sense such intolerance in my system.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against gays. Stating the above often seems to be the precursor to a long diatribe against a bunch of nice although frequently ostracized group of people. Here it’s not. Believe you, me.

And here comes a whole bunch of other disclaimers, if ever anyone reads this blog and accuses me of being a bigoted nazi. I’m a protestant whose religion is very much a part of his life. I don’t think that the church’s idea is to condone homosexual activity, and definitely not in such a public sense as Rev. Ouyang’s and the ordination of Scott Anderson by the Presbytery. I have gay friends.

They were both men of God, albeit Samson was fairly faithless for much of his life. Samson was a Nazirite yet was a violent troublemaker, frequently flouting his religious restrictions. The pastor is a minister of his church, a church that should, by virtue of its affiliation to an Abrahamic religion, find homosexuality to be a deviation from the straight and narrow, and a lifestyle not to be practised. Conflict arose in both scenarios. The seeds of an Israeli insurrection against their Philistine masters were sown. Outcry against openly gay ministers and gay marriage resounded in many quarters of Malaysian society. God’s cause was furthered by Samson’s violent reign as judge of Israel. Has a line, that God has drawn from the beginning, started to become more evident to people that were ambivalent about homosexuality in the past? Has God’s purpose been served by the controversy?

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