Rev. Samuel Kader looks at two love stories of the Old Testament. The first involved two women, the second involved two men.
The first is Ruth and Naomi, where we get the vows used in many wedding ceremonies, “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” (Ruth 1:16, NIV). Ruth was pledging her love to Naomi, another woman.
The second story involves David and Jonathan. Jonathan, the heir to the throne of Saul, fell in love with David. And David loved Jonathan. While we have no idea if they consummated the relationship, their love for each other was very deep, surpassing the love of women.
Rev. Kader notes that for all the things David did, the only thing he was rebuked for was committing adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband, Uriah the Hittite, killed.
God never condemned David for loving another man. God never condemned Ruth for loving a woman. In fact, both of them were blessed and given places in the ancestry of Jesus.