Let’s just say that last week was one of the more crazier weeks. Without even really trying, it seemed like I was upsetting a lot of people.
It began with an intense but good conversation with some representatives of the Republican party. Long story so I won’t even go into it. But let me just say this: I’m neither Republican or Democrat…but Go Obama. [Great, I've upset more people].
Then, of course, the email exchange with Dan Savage leading to the first installment of the “gay conversation.” It’s tough hearing your name associated with bigotry and hatred but it’s nothing compared to the pain, prejudice, and hatred that many in the gay community have faced. We need to listen to the stories of the gay community.
Through that post, I’ve also somehow managed to irk the fundamental Christians who question my hermeneutics, the liberals for my lack of theological acumen, couple Mars Hillians for what they perceive to be an insult to them and their pastor by my comments of not wanting to be compared to Mars Hill. [C'mon folks: you guys are major leaguers. I'm just a Single A minor leaguer with a .237 average. Don't worry about folks like me]. And to top it off, I’ve managed to annoy my wife for checking the blog on my smartphone during our quasi vacation time. Can I tick off any more people within a week?
I wonder if people even know what these “labels” really mean anymore. I don’t but I keep using them. And I wonder if people even know what others that don’t think like them actually think. This is why I’ve chosen to take the position of just listening in “the gay conversation.” My heard and head can easily be hardened by data and I’ve been convicted these past few days that while I do have a position that I’ve wrestled with for many years, I can easily lack compassion.
Many have asked on the blog and privately emailed, “Why do you believe in what you believe?” These are two accesible documents online that give a glimpse. I don’t agree with everything but they’ll likely be good reads for folks.
- Human Sexuality and the Marriage Ethic [I like this because it talks about homosexuality in the larger conversation of human sexuality.]
- What the Bible says and Doesn’t say about Homosexuality [by Stanton Jones]
The hill that I’m willing to die for is NOT this issue. My position is not posted publicly anywhere because this isn’t the question I ask. The question or issue that’s relevant to me is very simple: “Jesus.” Everything is peripheral as far as I’m concerned but because people want to know and [for some] need to know, the whole “welcome but not affirming” statement has come out in public.
I know many scoff at that phrase and rightfully so. But here’s my question, if a person holds this theological view and genuinely seeks to care, advocate, and extend the grace and love of Christ – what can that person say?
Seriously, the kids are waiting for me at the beach. I need to go…