This Sunday we talked about a very divisive subject in the church and culture today; homosexuality and gay marriage. My attempt was to prayerfully stay true to my understanding of scripture and the call to Christian love; much like the tension between grace and law, this is a difficult balance.
Below you will find some articles which I found worthy of consideration as you continue to apply these ideas to your every day, walking around, going to work, coming home, hanging out life. I've left out the articles that are for or against a particular 'position' outside of that of the UMC, there are plenty of those around and easy enough to find with a simple Google search. Instead, I've attached some that address the underlying issues as I find them.
You may disagree with me, I'm sure many do. I am called to be faithful to truth and love, so I will gladly continue this discussion with you in grace, humility, and love.
In thinking what we believe about the Bible, Pastor David Watson asks: "I know what you don’t believe about the #Bible…. What DO you believe?" He concludes that perhaps our discussion as UM's could begin with words from our founding documents:
Pastor Craig Adams talks about his Journey on Sexuality Issues. Rev. Adams writes of his journey and in many ways it is similar to my own. He also discusses the issues being faced by the UMC currently and comes to his own conclusion that we need "generous spaciousness" for one another to develop our own perspectives.
Diversity of opinion is a very difficult thing to gather around when our diversity relates to core beliefs, the Bible being chiefly among them.
Asbury Seminary provides Seven Minute Videos to address theological issues and they are 'normally' very good. This one by Methodist Theologian Ben Witherington, explains the position of the United Methodist Church.
In my message, I answered the question: Are their gay Christians? The question was in the context of...is it possible to be a faithful to orthodox Christianity and be gay? As I think of my answer, I think of the teaching of singleness of Paul and this blog post about Gay Christians - “Sanctification is not getting rid of our temptations, but pursuing holiness in the midst of them ... If our goal is making people straight, then we are practicing a false gospel.”
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