Tomorrow I am speaking on a panel about issues associated with being an open and affirming church. I am planning on giving the blog’s address as a place where people can go to discuss further. Here’s the first topic:
Is it right to accept gay people (or more completely gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people)? By is it right, must means is it compatible with my Christian faith.
ReligousTolerance.org has a marvelous article on the topic, providing a careful examination of the Biblical issues in play. It’s a good article. Strangely, on the first page of Google, this, was the best anti-gay site. It seems to pretty casually dismiss the issue that gay people feel that they are born gay and that it is not a choice. I’m sure there is better stuff out there. Maybe someone gay post something.
This is how it breaks down for me. Jesus completed the old testament law by bringing infusing it with love. Look at the Sermon on the Mount we’ve been reading. At each point Jesus says the important thing is love.
I cannot deny the love between two consenting adults. Although many who have a different view certainly know gay people, having friends who are gay makes it impossible for me to maintain the opinion that there love is a sin. So, I think it is right to throw our doors open to the GLBT community and to affirm their place as a part of God’s creation.
What do others think?