"I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems."Here is an example of making God in your own image. Elton John is no different than most of us. We all like to have the issues we struggle with go away. One way to do this is to rationalize away our behavior. Another way is to re-create moral truth into our own "truth". This is simply relativism - the philosophy that truth is relative to situations, persons, places, etc.
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."
I am not going to throw Elton John under the bus. He is wrong, but he is also loved by God as much as anyone else. I will say this belief that Jesus was "gay" has no bearing in reality. There is no evidence in Scripture or history to support such claims. We know this - Jesus was loving, but not in the sentimental, do what you wish, kind of false "love" Elton John is proclaiming. Jesus was a man of tough love. He called the Pharisees "white-washed tombs" and the Samaritans "dogs". Jesus was gentle when necessary, but the toughest man who ever lived. We shouldn't emasculate Him or His message.
Jesus Christ has a love that is concrete and solid. His love is one of sacrifice and truth. I wonder if the following would sound "loving" to many modern ears - though it is, because Christ is calling others to repentance:
"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' but not do what I command? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them. That one is like a person building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built. But the one who listens and does not act is like a person who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed." -Luke 6:46-49Living by the entire message of Christ is very difficult, because we have to conform our lives to Jesus' message, not conform the message to our lives. Elton John could use a bit of THE Truth = the real Jesus.
Pray for Elton John.