Why is DUP’s John Finlay highlighting same-sex relationships above other sins the Bible forbids?

I read with some interest the contents of a letter from John Finlay to DUP party officers (Online 8 May 8), in which he stated, “‘Ian Paisley must be turning in his grave’ at the DUP’s first openly gay councillor, Alison Bennington”

This letter reveals a number of fault lines, not only in the thinking of John Finlay, but of many who have commented on this issue in recent days.

Surely John Finlay can remember the Press Conference called in May 1996 following the publication of photographs of a naked Sammy Wilson.

At this, Ian Paisley stated that: “What a man does in his private life is his own business”. If these words apply to Sammy Wilson in 1996 they also apply to Alison Bennington today.

There is a disappointing lack of clear thinking as to what is meant by “openly gay”. Do we conclude that, if a person declares themselves to be “openly gay,” they are in a same sex relationship? Being ‘gay’ (having a same sex attraction) and being in a same sex relationship are two very different things.

John Finlay is, of course, quite right to point out that a same sex relationship is not in keeping with God’s word. He should, however, consider other behaviour which is equally not in keeping with scripture, and underscored in God’s moral law; the Ten Commandments. 

What about candidates who are ‘openly adulterous’ (You shall not commit adultery) or who ‘openly lie’ (You shall not bear false witness)? 

Perhaps John Finlay could inform us if he has written to party officers in the same tone about adultery and lying as he has about a candidate being ‘openly gay’.

Why is this issue of same sex relationships being highlighted above all other sins prohibited in scripture?

Yours etc.

Brian Kennaway (Rev)

This letter appeared as ‘Letter of the day’ in the BelfastTelegraph on Friday 10 May 2019. A similar letter appeared in the Belfast News Letter on Thursday 16 May 2019, and the Irish News on Friday 24 May 2019.