Christianity and Homosexuality News

Okay the Christianity and Homosexuality thing has come to a head in several quarters in the USA right now. This week the PCUSA (Presbyterian Church USA) decided to change its constitution to allow openly gay people in partnered relationships to be ordained as clergy (see here). The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) decided something similar last year (see here). In response to a gay advocacy group at Wheaton College called, One Wheaton, President Phil Ryken made a public response that is well worth reading.

I’m lecturing on the Bible and Homosexuality next Tuesday night to some students and as I prepare I think of several three experiences that have deeply shaped my views on sexuality:

1. I’ve seen homophobia at its worst. Back when I was in the Army I once had to physically restrain a drunk platoon sergeant from attacking a gay couple walking down the street.
2. I’ve been frustrated with trends in churches where people want to either (a) take the values of Opray Winfrey and Ellen Degeneres and baptize them in a light dressing of Christianity; or (b) some church folks seem to think that God hates homosexual sins more than heterosexual sins.
3. I remember once leading an ecumenical Bible study with nominal Anglicans, liberal Catholics, a fiery Lutheran, and a Pentecostal girl. After a volatile and almost violent debate about homosexuality the Pentecostal girl said, “Well, I used to be a Lesbian and Jesus saved me from that lifestyle”. That pretty much shut up the conversation there and then! What do you say to that?

I’m not going to pontificate on the subject now, suffice to say that I recommend the wise words of my friend the uber-talented John Dickson and his article at ABC News entitled: Time for some Nuance Between the Gay and God-fearing – do read it!

  • Glenn

    Well said.

  • Glenn

    Well said.

  • http://inchristus.wordpress.com Paul

    Excellent article by Dickson. “a failure of ethical imagination [means] an inability to utilise two mental muscles at the same time: the muscle of strong conviction and the muscle of compassion for all.”

    Thinking is so compartmentalized that there seems no room for a both/and scenario whereby a person can both love and respect those with whom we disagree.

  • http://inchristus.wordpress.com Paul

    Excellent article by Dickson. “a failure of ethical imagination [means] an inability to utilise two mental muscles at the same time: the muscle of strong conviction and the muscle of compassion for all.”

    Thinking is so compartmentalized that there seems no room for a both/and scenario whereby a person can both love and respect those with whom we disagree.

  • RustyK

    Refreshing. Thank you.

  • RustyK

    Refreshing. Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Michael,

    Paul in I Corinthians 6:12 after indicating those types of sins (no exhaustive) who would not inherit the kingdom of God said, “of such ‘were’ some of you,,, (emphasis added).

    The Pentecostal woman was right. Jesus did save her from her sins and her previous lifestyle. This is contrary to the proponents of the homosexual lifestyle since they say that they were “born” that way. Well, yes and no. In one sense, they choose that sin, but, on the other hand, they were born sinners; as we all are! Yes! Jesus came to save sinners.

    Rev. Bryant J. Williams III

  • Anonymous

    Dear Michael,

    Paul in I Corinthians 6:12 after indicating those types of sins (no exhaustive) who would not inherit the kingdom of God said, “of such ‘were’ some of you,,, (emphasis added).

    The Pentecostal woman was right. Jesus did save her from her sins and her previous lifestyle. This is contrary to the proponents of the homosexual lifestyle since they say that they were “born” that way. Well, yes and no. In one sense, they choose that sin, but, on the other hand, they were born sinners; as we all are! Yes! Jesus came to save sinners.

    Rev. Bryant J. Williams III


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