Regardless of how any government or organization legislates homosexuality, the church has a responsibility to stand apart from them and both judge their faults and set a course for peace, love, faith, and justice, quite regardless of whatever the rest of the world may or may not be doing.
To that end, I have put off doing an exhaustive study of homosexuality and my faith for far too long. And I imagine that the word “exhaustive” in the last sentence to mean something like, “as exhaustive as I can get without exhausting my desire to live.” I am sure there will always more to say.
Still, I haven’t laid down all of my cards on this issue. I am working through it, trusting that the commitments I have made to Jesus and the way I understand God and the church will be vindicated for myself. Yet, I admit, as I set out to do this, I wonder how I will feel once the data is in and the discussion has been had? I wonder if the data leads to a place I don’t want to be, what will I do? Alas, I made a commitment long ago that if God and truth are in any way friends, God would want me to seek the truth, even if it seemingly goes against what I want to believe. The following series of posts are simply my honest attempt to wrestle through a divisive issue with the resources available to me.
Jump to part 2, Guidelines, – here.