We are recently aware that some clergy and ALC students (future clergy) state that they would vote for women’s ordination if homosexuality was not an abomination. Strange logic indeed, but of course the hope is that by blocking women’s ordination, the ordination of gay and lesbian people can also be blocked.
It is of some concern that pastors function under such reasoning. The ethical base of such decision making is somewhat dubious. Restricting the giving of justice to one group of people because you are fearful of another group getting ahead would suggest a compromised values base and perhaps reflects a desire to manipulate one group in order to achieve aims with another group. There is no room for continuing to support patriarchy in the name of impeding the leadership of homosexual people. That is a debate that the LCA is yet to have, and yes, we do support the ordination of gay and lesbian peopel. However, to delay justice to women is to deny them justice.
In response to the repeated claim that homosexuality is an abomination, it’s time that our theologically trained leadership showed a little more scholarship and wisdom. These are people who have spent years studying Scripture. They can do better than referring to ancient culture-bound phrases to prove their point.
Word Of A Woman reflects on this selective use of Scripture and how other texts are conveniently ignored. Years of study at ALC should provide pastors with the theological skills to remain consistent in their use of Scripture. Why is it not so?
I support several things the Bible calls an abomination and some it just says are wrong. GASP! Say it isn’t so!!! (I bet my friends from the beginning of the article probably also support some of these given I have seen their sideburns). That’s right lovelies, along with fully supporting my LGBTQ brothers and sisters, I also support:
- Eating shellfish
- Having sex with a woman (you are married to) who is on her period (if she is consenting, OBVIOUSLY)
- The menswear look for ladies (hello, Diane Keaton)
- Kilts for the dudes
- Cutting your sideburns
- Re-marrying someone you divorced (I have known several couples who have done this)
- Marrying someone new after you get divorced
- I am decidedly pro bacon, pepperoni, honeybaked ham, carnitas and pork chops.
- Wearing clothing with more than one type of fiber
- I am down with crop rotation (I come from several generations of farmers)
- There is a bunch of stuff the Bible says you can’t touch, some are kind of gross but I am cool with you touching them (for instance I am for you touching a dead pig for the purposes of playing football)
- Tattoos, even though I don’t have any
- Long hair for men and short hair for women
- Women praying with their heads uncovered
- Women teaching men and/or boys and/or other women/girls (yes, even in church)
- Women NOT being property of either father or husband or brother or dead husband’s brother
- I am cool with it if you don’t want to marry your rapist
- If your husband is getting mugged and you think you can stop things by grabbing the guys junk really hard…I promise I won’t cut off your hand
- I won’t be mad if you don’t stone your kid for dishonoring you
- I am even good with you working on Saturday or Sunday or even paying someone else to work by serving you lunch after church (I know I do)
Here is the thing, these two guys do not follow every instruction given in the Bible. They. Just. Don’t. They interpret. They pick and they choose. And I am sure they use all sorts of things to support their beliefs. So do I. So do I. I don’t know about you but when I read scripture, some things are crystal clear, some are blurry and some are downright opaque. The clearest thing I can find is that I am supposed to love God and love people, ALL PEOPLE. No if. No until. No unless. I just don’t think Jesus gives me another option.
BONUS: DID YOU NOTICE APOSTATE LITERALLY MEANS “RUNAWAY SLAVE” IN THE GREEK. I KIND OF LIKE THAT.