‘Jesus never said anything about homosexuality’. You hear that trotted out more and more often these days by folks who are trying desperately hard to use the Bible to justify the act of homosexuality and homosexual marriage. The argument is, since Jesus didn’t denounce it (at least, not directly), then He didn’t have a problem with it.
The counterarguments usually deal with Jesus’ teachings on divorce and remarriage, and His quotation from Genesis that ‘http://tinyurl.com/kzg32zl Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female…’. But there may very well be another reason why Jesus didn’t speak directly against homosexual acts and same-sex marriage: because He didn’t have to.
Who made up Jesus’ main audience? Jews.
Jews had Mosaic Law.
Mosaic Law stipulated that homosexual acts were an abomination before God, worthy of death.
Since the Jews knew this, it’s unlikely they were engaging in homosexual activity; if they were, it was few and far between, and Jesus may have dealt with it on a case-by-case basis and none of the gospel writers recorded it (even John admits he hadn’t recorded all of Jesus’ sayings and doings).
A modern example: it would be silly to remind your friends and neighbors (here in America) not to drive on the left side of the road; after all, it’s common knowledge you stay to the right. Same principle applies here: it was common knowledge that homosexual behavior was verboten by Mosaic Law; it would have been a waste of time to speak of it.
Had it been a problem, I think you can bet Jesus would have dealt with it; in the same way, you’d likely be warning your friends to stay to the right if they and others were frequently driving on the wrong side of the road.
So why did Jesus not speak out directly against homosexual behaviors and homosexual marriage? He didn’t need to; it wasn’t a problem.
Paul, on the other hand, wrote about it quite often in his epistles. The ‘why’ of that hinges on his audience as well.
But more of that in a later post.