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The fragile of stance of fundamentalism

07 Sep

While this site has been in support of women’s ordination we cannot remain silent on how the LCA currently treats LGBTQs. The Commission on Social and Bioethical Questions has been studying the issue for some years, which indicates that there are plenty of nuances and Biblical threads to unravel. Choosing particular verses from Scripture will surely find evidence that homosexuality is wrong but then there’s plenty of other texts of terror in there as well.  We need time to work out how to decipher such texts.

We have had ample time to consider women’s ordination and we see that a few verses condemning women to servitude are not the key theme for women at all in the Bible.  In fact there is a very strong narrative of women providing pastoral and prophetic leadership in New Testament days.

Kim Davis, the USA official who refused to grant marriage licences to gay couples, uses Scripture passages to justify her stance, although she is currently serving time in prison for her refusal to enact USA law. The following old West Wing clip shows the shaky ground we are on when throwing Scripture verses around.  A thorough exegesis is required on any delicate matter.  What verses do you choose to use?  What verses do you choose to ignore?

The video has been re-badged as an answer to Kim Davis thinking.

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Posted by on September 7, 2015 in theology

 

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3 responses to “The fragile of stance of fundamentalism

  1. Morven Baker

    September 9, 2015 at 2:50 am

    I am a mother of a gay child and am part of a Facebook “mum’s group” of over 550 affirming mothers world wide. Three books that have helped us (there are always more!) are these:

    The Children are Free: Re-examining the biblical evidence on same-sex relationships, by Rev. Jeff Miner and John Tyler Connoley

    TORN, by Justin Lee

    God & the Gay Christian, by Matthew Vines

    My husband is an old testament professor who actually knows the original languages and he stresses over and over again “context, context, context” …. you cannot cherry pick the laws you forbid if you are going to ignore the others.

    Thank you for being allies for ALL people. Blessings to you.

     
    • Katie and Martin

      September 9, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Morven. Funnily enough, we have individuals who defend proof-texting as a right and proper tool of hermeneutics. Sigh!

       
  2. Anne-Marie Modra

    October 13, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Martin Luther, after whom our church is named, was a conscientious objector. He could no longer do HIS job as a priest in good conscience. Hence the reformation – otherwise we all might still today be under the Pope and Rome. Know your heritage!

     

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