I was asked to read this article and give a reflection on it. I have indeed read the article and am struck by the alarmist behavior that is predicated by the positions offered here.
I will first offer that I am far in favor of a Biblical interpretation and witness that is all encompassing and contextually revealed. I do think that the issue and matter of Gay Marriage and full inclusion of the GLBT community will inevitably split the church.
I find it tragic that many folks including Rev. Mohler and Fr. Kurtz uphold the idea that to offer equal rights to the GLBT community is an affront to their religious freedoms. Fr. Kurtz offers this in regards to the litigation occurring in this nation to secure equal rights for the GLBT community, “With regard to marriage, this implicates the right of Catholics to practice our beliefs. Here we are talking about the bedrock of society, it’s not just a belief, it’s written on the hearts of every human person.“ I wonder dear father why you uphold marriage as the sacred cow in this nation? With a divorce rate that exceeds over half of marriages implicating the straight practitioners of this most holy f institutions with a failing grade. What are you protecting as the bedrock of society?
There is a problem with this argument when used to secure rights for a selective group of people. The problem lies in the assertion of right practice and right belief. Those that have either right practice or right belief are cool and the rest of us that do not act like, look like, or be like “them” then we are on the outside looking in of a Holy Ghost invasion and therefore are abandoned to an eternity of damnation and fire.
Rev. Mohler pulls back the covers on this issue in saying, “it will expose a great divide over the authority of the Bible among many Christian churches and denominations — perhaps in a way exceeding any other issue.” The divide is not a matter of right anything. This is an issue of control and social norms and sources. Right here Mohler calls it out, “the authority of the Bible.” This can be read as what do you interpret from scripture and how closely does it adhere to what “we” adhere to determines wither you are holding proper Biblical authority.
He goes on to say, “”Other denominations are tottering on the brink, and without a massive conservative resistance, they are almost certain to abandon biblical truth and bless what the Bible condemns. Within a few short years, a major dividing line has become evident — with those churches endorsing homosexuality on one side, and those stubbornly resisting the cultural tide on the other.” Let this read if you support a fully inclusive God and interpretation of scripture that asserts equality to all then you are an outsider. The language being used is that of warmongers and bigots…resistance. We abandon Biblical truth when we assert inclusivity. Phuck you and your intolerant bullshit.
I can stomach the difference of opinion. But when you question my faith and assert that I am propagating a theology based in lies, misinterpretations, and an abandonment of Biblical truth you and I are finished with the conversation. Is there room in your authority for tolerance, conversation, and mutual exploration of divine truth? I bet not. You are afraid of revelation and the certainty of your thought leads to pride and self-destruction as sure as my progressive, liberal interpretation leads me to conviction to love, serve, and accept all.
Yes I believe it is time for denominations to split. We have allowed the systemic oppression of the GLBT community far to long. It is my hope and prayer that equal rights to all become this nations legacy. We will send thousands of our soldiers to die for freedom in other countries and keep a population here in modern America away from that same freedom we freely offer with the blood of our children.
It is time for denominations to agree to disagree and part ways. There is not much you can do to convince me that my faith based in inclusivity is wrong. I am done trying to convince you.
I see a time when faith community is pitted against faith community in its support of Gay Marriage. I am fine with this, as equal rights for the GLBT community is not a matter of religious freedom. It is a matter of civil rights and equal and fair representation for all Americans. The church has no place in that debate.