Calvary showed the documentary film For the Bible Tells Me So last Sunday afternoon. We’d done quite a bit of publicity about the film but even we were shocked when 250 people showed up for the film and subsequent panel discussion.
Originally we thought we’d show the film to our deacons as part of an ongoing conversation in our community of faith, a continuing discernment of how God’s Spirit is working in our midst. The interesting thing I’ve found, though, is that folks seem downright suspicious about this declaration. They aren’t convinced a conversation is what we’re shooting for; a lot of people seem to think browbeating and polarization are the goals.
That’s totally understandable, of course, given the complexity of the issue combined with all the emotions surrounding it . . . not to mention the political, religious and societal baggage that can’t be separated from a discussion of homosexuality and the church. Nevertheless, this whole turn of events has allowed me the opportunity to really dig in and get my hands dirty in the adventure of true conversation.
I had an email exchange in this week with someone I do not know who is not a member of Calvary. I thought his engagement on this difficult issue was so healthy; I felt our conversation was a great example of how we can listen to each other; stay true to the leadership of God’s Spirit; and live “in the tension of unresolved relationships:”
Subject: Re: Reaction to the Homosexual Lifestyle Film