Respected theologian, Pastor and author, Will Willimon, recently wrote an article citing a bishop who changed his mind about homosexuality.
Here is the brief response I posted in the comments section:
Unlike so many who will no doubt applaud this, I won’t. As was pointed out above [in another comment], a lot of the reasoning appears emotionally based. Surrendering to the man-made god of love, is not surrender to the God who is love. The LGBT church can hardly be called a Christian church, any more than the German Christians, who watered down theology and surrendered themselves and their theology to the ideological overlords of their day.
As Karl Barth noted, we must not confuse love for God, with love for neighbour, for if we do, we end up deifying our neighbour. It neither helps them, loves them, or is an example of walking in the footsteps of Christ. I admit, this is a complex issue, but if beloved family cannot respect, tolerant and be inclusive of a loving “no”, built on convictions drawn from biblical truth, tried and true healthy tradition, and biological science. Then I would question whether appeasement of them; and a happy ignorance of the consequences such as the fatherless and motherless children who will come after them (among other things), was only self-serving, and not truly loving.
I fear this appeasement is a surrender to Natural Theology, and as such, I am reluctant to applaud those well-respected and esteemed theologians who, not only sign onto it, but take its oath in servitude to it.
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One thought on “A Brief Response To Will Willimon’s Support For a Bishop Who Changed His Mind About Homosexuality”
Well spoken! We’ve dealt with this issue on a personal level. It is never easy, but those who stand with Christ need to, indeed, stand firm.
“…Surrendering to the man-made god of love, is not surrender to the God who is love…” We couldn’t have said it better!
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