Elton, 62, declares as he pours out his heart to a magazine: "I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems."Now I have to wonder if people really believe this kind of thing. I mean if we are going to say the New Testament record is not accurate and is full of myths, then anything we say about Jesus is pure speculation. Based upon this radical skepticism about the text, if Elton John were consistent, he can no more say Jesus was gay as opposed to what he laments about "gay women". Perhaps Jesus was a cruel gay women hater.
He adds: "Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don't know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East - you're as good as dead."
In other words, if we are going to accuse politically conservative Christians as using Jesus to promote their politics and cry foul when they do, then this is simply using the political Jesus figure in reverse and is equally wrong. Of course, both sides have been doing this for a long time. This is nothing new.