Well, we’ve divided again.
We stood on the truth of Scripture and defeated the enemy and the ground we hold is once again pristine, if a tad bit smaller in size.
We may have lost more than we won.
Some of the “enemy” in this case were our own.
Now, we can make the case that they were woefully in error theologically and this was an absolutely necessary battle.
We needed to clarify and defend the Scriptures, because at the end of the day, this was really all about the Scriptures.
Except…it wasn’t…not entirely.
When I read the best of the “progressive” Christian writers I read people who are wrestling with Scripture and tradition they see as being in opposition to compassion and grace for people who are created in the image of God and worthy of both…regardless of sexual orientation.
It’s a dichotomy for many… but for some, compassion and grace trump the Scriptures.
That, of course, is unacceptable to those of us who hold to the inerrancy of Scripture, who believe the whole book was God breathed.
The problem is, (in my opinion) that we haven’t heard their hearts, so they can’t hear ours… and all we can hear is the sound of loading up for another round.
The reality is that it’s a false dichotomy, because the kingdom of God is about both the truth of Scripture and the grace and compassion of God toward those created in His image.
When you divide those, you divide the Body and only have part of the truth and dwell in the outskirts of the Kingdom.
We don’t give the appearance of wrestling with these issues, despite the fact that our convictions (while true) have very real consequences for those our doctrines effect.
Like stern but solid parents, sometimes we forget that people need to see see expressions of love as well as words of discipline.
We can choose to believe that some are squatters in the Kingdom of God and fervently hope for their eviction…or we can try to restart the conversations with the recognition that we’re family.
Maybe they just need to see us sweat.
Make your own application…