Once more the question of christian beliefs and gay rights has raised its head. It is a very complex question as the Belfast case of the baker testifies. Many christians believe deeply that homosexuality is wrong. They do believe sincerely that they have been instructed in the bible to uphold this view.
That stance is not held by all christians though. It has been debated at length in my church with many different stances taken by the members. I have always wondered at the idea that there has been no development in christian understanding. Every Sunday we sit and listen to a sermon which interprets bible passages in the light of modern knowledge. We know far more about homosexuality and why people are homosexual now. If we apply Jesus' instruction to love our neighbour, then we should open our arms to homosexuals.