After watching NOW with Bill Moyers on PBS tonight, I felt that I needed to add a few words of strong wisdom to my blog from Reverend James Forbes of the Riverside Church in New York.  James Forbes was interviewed on NOW late last year and I have been an avid follower of his wisdom ever since.  There have been very few Christians as wise as Reverend Forbes, certainly in our current age, and perhaps in many ages.

Bill Moyers was interviewing FOX news commentator Cal Thomas, a conservative, right-wing Christian.  Of course, his view on gay marriage was one of derision and contempt for the gay community.  Interestingly enough, both Bill Moyers and Cal Thomas are Southern Baptists, yet Bill Moyers questioned why two men who are married and living a good life would affect anyone else’s marriage, a very logical question that was shrugged off as inconsequential to God’s plan for everyone which does not include same-sex unions.  Bill Moyers then played a clip from his interview with James Forbes, “…one of the 12 “most effective preachers” in the English-speaking world” according to Newsweek.  Here is a quote from that clip:

I think that the God who understands that out of the created order that I have, there’s some gay people and there’s some straight people. And then there’s some that are in between, bisexual and, you know? I think the God that Jesus reveals to me would prefer that special attention be given to the child that was different especially if that difference had occasioned rejection, humiliation and ostracism.

This struck a chord in me that it did not when I first saw the interview over half-a-year ago.  I had recently read a passage in the Jefferson Bible that rang true during this week of the red herring known as gay marriage.  This passage, that follows, is the exact passage that substantiates Reverend Forbes argument:

How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine upon the mountains, and goeth and seeketh that which is gone astray?  And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.  Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. (Chapter 7, Verse 8-10)

This speaks for us all: Christians, gay and straight people, atheists, Buddhists, people of all classes and colors, etc.  This is not difficult to interpret from this passage.