Jesus supported love, but not marriage, according to a thought-provoking new poster by gay artist Dirk Vanden.
Large white words against a rainbow background state, “FYI: Jesus never married, nor commanded nor advocated nor performed ‘marriage.’” At the bottom is a Biblical quote from Jesus, “Love one another as I have loved you.”
Vanden says that he creates artworks such as “Jesus Never Married” to help gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people who are “seeking equality, legitimacy, legality -- acceptance -- of ourselves and our unions and families.”
The poster is a welcome contribution to the current debate about same-sex marriage. Conservatives often use Christianity to justify denying lesbian and gay couples the right to marry. However, Jesus Christ himself was apparently not a big supporter of marriage.
Read the whole story at the Jesus in Love Blog on GLBT spirituality and the arts.
Image credit: “Jesus Never Married” by Dirk Vanden
Submitted by Kittredge Cherry, author of Art That Dares: Gay Jesus, Woman Christ, and More