What we believe, think and feel about homosexuality says more about us than about God's will. Being a liberal or a conservative, in theological and ecclesiastical issues, reflects a person's family background, education and character type, not the person's goodness, intelligence or understanding of the Bible. We might as well stop blaming each other for being wrong on any particular topic. Sadly, because our theology is so central to our sense of identity, neither side can give or take and so we find ourselves at an impasse, waiting upon the Lord.
It seems that we need a wider frame of reference than our currently entrenched belief systems. Humor, compassion, education: these are essential; so too are being open to the Holy Spirit and resisting the temptation to use the Bible as a weapon against other children of God. If we can put an end to negativity, then we can have the energy to rebuild the parishes now enduring the vicious downward pull of disagreement. If we can awaken our minds to the sacred, we can undertake a great adventure together.
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