Elton John, the famous musical performer and flamboyant homosexual, plans to marry his life partner, David, with which he has 2 kids (presumably via adoption). If that is what he thinks is right and he is willing to pay the costs, that is his choice. However, I suspect that deep inside, he realizes it is a bad decision, based on the strange comment he made in an attempt to convince himself and “everyone else” that it is ok.
Per Sir John: “We live in a different time. If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him, as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen. He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together, and that is what the church should be about.”
Hmmm. Elton, you write a good song and put on a great show. However, it appears your religious skills are not in the same league with your musical ones. Let us break down that statement to see what value it might have.
“If Jesus Christ was alive today” implies that Jesus is dead today. Yet the common belief is that Jesus conquered death and was resurrected in a new body which is designed for eternity. If Jesus is, in fact, dead, then everything he promised is “dust in the wind”, his suffering was for nothing and we don’t have hope of salvation. Not to mention that Jesus is thought to be (part of) God (oops, I just mentioned it). If Jesus is dead, then does that not imply that God is dead, or at least part of Him is dead? And if God can die or be diminished, especially by his own creation, how can He claim to be God? Perhaps what Elton MEANT to say was “If Jesus Christ were walking the earth among men today”.
“The Christian person he was” is incorrect. Jesus was not a Christian; he was, in fact, a Jew. And there were not, nor could there be, ANY Christians until after Jesus died and was resurrected, since that is the basis of Christianity. A case could be made that He is a Christian now, although it would be pretty nebulous, since being a Christian is based on the BELIEF in Jesus and his gift to us of salvation. As God and without sin, Jesus does not NEED salvation, and His knowledge of Himself does not require any belief.
“The great person he was” is not too bad, although the past tense is a bit of a concern. See the earlier discussion on whether He is dead. The other implication is that Jesus is no longer a great person, and that is really troubling.
“Saying this could not happen”. If Jesus is in fact God, then He DID say it could not happen, or more accurately, SHOULD not happen. In the Bible, several times, where God says that marriage is between a man and a woman, and where it is pointed out that homosexual activity is sin, and there is a strong implication that even fantasizing about homosexual activity is a sin.
“He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together” is also largely incorrect. Jesus HAD love and compassion in infinite measure, and He was WILLING to forgive anyone who repented their sins (and made a serious effort not to repeat them). But that was not what He was about, and he did not have much interest at all in “bringing people together”. What He was “all about” was bringing people to the Kingdom of God; that is, saving them from their sins, which if not atoned for, would bar them from eternal fellowship with Him. And by some interpretations, result in eternal torment.
“That is what the church should be about” is potential disaster. Bringing people together has little to do with God or Jesus, and mostly is about the people. In order to do this, the church would have to discard much of their teaching, and turn church into a place of entertainment and kowtowing to every vagrant thought, not a place of teaching about God and Jesus and helping people to follow the path Jesus drew for us. That path is for the salvation of our soul; the road map of a life pleasing to God. It is a narrow, difficult path, but what is at the end is worth all the effort.
So Elton, if you can convince yourself that marrying David is the thing to do, then do it. Do it because you want to, do it because you don’t think there will be any repercussions and you are willing to pay the price if it turns out you are wrong. But do NOT delude yourself or anyone else that God will look upon it with any kind of favor. Oh, and don’t attempt to redefine God or Jesus.