I am quite inspired after watching these videos on the issue of homosexuality and Christianity. I have always wanted to find the balance between a theology that stays true to the Word of God yet also demonstrates the radical compassion and mercy that Jesus would want us to perform pastorally. I think I have found something like that. Check these videos out:
“When we bring a conservative theology and the acceptance of Christ together, it creates certain ethical challenges for us, but we are happy to say those are the right challenges that we should have…… It would be easier if we were just liberal; it would be easier if we were stereo-typically conservative; but actually we want to chart a third way, which creates all kinds of mess, but I think it is biblical mess – it’s the kind of mess that Jesus would lead us into.” – Bruxy Cavey
I am actually very impressed with this sharing. I think it inspired me to think more deeply about the relationship between gender and identity. If Christ is utlimately the foundation of our core identity, and sex/gender only forms a part of our personhood, then I think it is quite possible to accept those gay Christians who embraces Christ wholly as their center of life as genuine brothers and sisters in Christ.
Actually the story of the Ethopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-39 and the Lord’s promise to eunuchs in Isaiah 56:4-5 point us to the direction that embracing Christ and showing fidelity to the Lord’s commandments is the ultimate determinant of who’s a Christian or not, despite abnormal or dysfunctional sexual conditions.
“For this is what the LORD says: “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant — to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will endure forever.” Isaiah 56:4-5
Brian McLaren speaks on the never-ending division and the difference between acceptance and approval that we learn from parenthood.