Years ago in Elk Grove, California my wife and I spent some time taking care of one hundred head of Black Aberdeen Angus cattle. Each animal had a tattoo, an ear tag and three registered names. The cattle were raised not for meat but to supply bulls to the industry. The owner of the ranch needed to be in Saudi for a year and it was decided to put off the raising of bulls for that year. In a large pin near the barn were eight small bulls. These bulls spent their waking hours butting heads and pawing the ground, clouds of dust surrounded the area. A large animal vet was called. The veterinarian had a special device that clipped off the bulls scrotum and sealed the cut at the same time, it took just seconds for each bull to become a steer. The next day the eight animals that had been bulls no longer played roughly or challenged each other, for the rest of their lives they lived in a quite, cow like, style.
In Matthew 19 Jesus is talking about marriage and his disciples ask a question: 7“Then why did Moses say in the law that a man could give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away?” they asked.
8Jesus replied, “Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended. 9And I tell you this, whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery—unless his wife has been unfaithful”
10Jesus’ disciples then said to him, “If this is the case, it is better not to marry!”
11“Not everyone can accept this statement,” Jesus said. “Only those whom God helps. 12Some are born as eunuchs, some have been made eunuchs by others, and some choose not to marry for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.”
Eunuchs are, either physically or emotionally, castrated human males. Like a bull a human male can be made into a eunuch and according to Jesus a person can be born a eunuch. Like the steer castrated humans tend to be less aggressive. In our society castrated humans are often attracted to the arts and some of our most creative people may fit the definition of eunuch Jesus used. Eunuchs are sexless people. Eunuchs, according to Jesus, can be useful and productive in the work of the kingdom of God.
Why do I find this message important? Eunuchs are not attracted to women sexually. Eunuchs may feel comforted and protected in the company of men. A person born a eunuch has no frame of reference with which to determine his own sexuality. Does this bring any group in our society to mind? Being a eunuch does not mean a person is a homosexual. And that is my message: Being a eunuch does not make a person a homosexual.