While this short video from Tim Keller doesn’t address every issue relative to the church’s response to homosexuality (how could it?), it does bring to the table a number of important points for reflection and thoughtful discussion.
I particularly appreciated these ideas:
- that homosexuality does not reflect God’s original design for sexuality and therefore does not promote human flourishing (but neither does divorce reflect God’s original design for marriage, but we tolerate that. And, if we create space for one, we must do the same for the other — these are my words, not Tim’s)
- that homosexuality is no more a sin than greed and a host of other vices mentioned in the scriptures
- that some churches intentionally ignore those passages that address homosexuality in order to love their neighbor
- that other churches take seriously those passages that address homosexuality, but do so with a self-righteousness attitude
- that Christ followers are called to ‘love your neighbor’, which not only extends to homosexuals, but those of other faiths and races as well (not to mention the ‘love your enemy’ command)
- that ostracizing homosexuals in any church congregation should not be tolerated
My own two cents worth on this is that we are all in need of redemption, period. We all need to embrace the magnificent grace of God in Christ and allow his grace to transform us into his image. And, one day, when God renews the earth and everyone in it, we will be made new, cleansed from sin and its effects. This is what we share in common- our collective need to be made in Christ’s image. Until then, we strive toward Christ’s perfection and allow his Spirit to guide our journey towards that end.