…for the Rev Ed Bacon, of All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California (fierce collar!) for saying what I believe, saying it well (something I am incapable of) and saying it in a very public space – how much more public can the Oprah Winfrey show get?
This is good stuff.
Discussions today with someone included inclusion and exclusion, both physical (as we were speaking of disability) and spiritual and how Scripture has in the past tended to view disability as something to be healed, as though it was wrong; and yet, just like LGBT people, they are complete as they are, and God loves them/us for it.
“I came that you may have life, life in all its fullness” ( John 10:10 )
Mother Elizabeth Kaeton quotes this story:
[Speaking about Homosexuality and the Bible… At one point, someone asked the question about St. Paul’s writing about the sin of men lying with men as if with women, and women lying with women as if with men, which St. Paul named and framed as the sin of ‘acting against your nature’.
I pointed out that I had struggled long and hard with that piece of scripture and had come to understand that my ‘nature’ is to be lesbian; that, in fact, to go against my God-given nature was the sin.
One man stood up. He took a few moments to try to compose himself. When he opened his mouth, his voice started to crack, but he pushed himself to say, “You mean to say, all these years, all the times I read and studied that verse, I was reading it wrong?”
He started to weep uncontrollably, which set off a wave of emotion and tears in the room.
“Oh, my God,” he whispered, hoarsely. “Oh, my God, you have no idea. Something has been unleashed in me.” He finally got his composure and croaked out, “Thank you, and I’ll take you up on that, but I just want to say this: I think I have finally found a spot in my soul and in my heart where I can begin to heal.”
and this is why those who condemn have got it so wrong, and why they have misinterpreted their Scriptures and drive so many out of the church and away from God’s care and love, because they have failed to see that we are as we are and almost complete, and all of us need God to complete us. I suspect this is just about as far away from Calvin as you can possibly get, and I am comfortable with that; nay, I celebrate that.