Re:Verse reading— 1 Samuel 20:1-17, 30-42 (day three)
Then they kissed each other and wept together.
Let’s face it, it’s more fun to argue about whether Jonathan and David were gay than actually to pursue the intimate friendships that will show the love of Christ to a world that’s lost its way. While we’re at it, though, let’s all beware the temptation to read back into the scriptures the controversy du jour. To identify homoerotic overtones in the friendship of these men is to ignore the ancient social conventions that made room for the kind of demonstrative affection that is alien to our thinking save in sexualized settings. They were not lovers, they were friends. We used to know what that means. And we can again. But it will take work—deeper than occasional girls’ nights out, higher than gym time with the brahs. Iron won’t sharpen itself.