Reflection 1. Reformed and Always Reforming. In his book, Scripture and the Authority of God, NT Wright said, “The church in each generation must make fresh and rejuvenated efforts to understand scripture more fully and live by it more thoroughly, even if that means cutting across cherished traditions.” The Christian life is a life of learning and growing: in prayer, in faith, fruitfulness, and in better knowing what the Bible says and the context in which it is said. Peter wrote, “Grow in faith and knowledge…” What follows is my fresh effort to do precisely that. Please note: Whenever I say LGBTQ, I am referring to the entire LGBTQ community.
Reflection 2: Creational Variances. The Belgic Confession (in Article 2) teaches that God makes himself known in two ways: by his holy and divine Word, and through the beautiful book of the universe. From scientific study of that beautiful book, we can conclude that LGBTQ orientations are not birth defects or personal disorders but creational variances. It also appears that God’s original creation of humanity has emerged over time into multiple creational variances on the gender spectrum.
Reflection 3. The Image of God in Us. I believe that all people, whatever our sexual orientation, bear God’s image. Based on the premise that LGBTQ orientations are creational variances, it is natural and appropriate for LGBTQ persons to also desire physical, emotional and spiritual intimacy with another, and to expect God’s blessing on them if they choose to embrace the gift and responsibility of marriage as an exclusive, loving, life-long relationship.
Reflection 4. Sexual Prohibitions in Scripture. Biblical prohibitions of same sex behavior refer primarily if not exclusively to prostitution, promiscuity, and other exploitive sexual abuses, often involving minors. Of course, the Bible condemns such sexual behavior. However, the Bible gives no indication of condemning either same sex attraction as an orientation or same-sex attracted persons in committed, life-long relationships.
Reflection 5. Love Never Fails, Knowledge Sometimes Does. When we interpret scripture differently on disputable matters, we need to keep in mind Paul’s instruction in 1st Corinthians 13, the famous chapter on love – and knowledge. While Paul describes knowledge as partial and incomplete, and that it will pass away (vss. 8-9, 12), conversely, he says that love is not only greater than knowledge, and faith, and hope; love never fails (vss. 7-8, 13).
Reflection 6. What Biblical Love Looks Like
Love Never Fails.
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