Wise words about “responding” to homosexuality

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : February 10, 2006

I’ve avoided weighing in on recent controversies and debates about how the Church should respond to homosexuality.  Such debates are largely unhelpful and de-personalizing.  Here’s some excellent advice from David Fitch on how to respond to the "gay issue:"

How then to go on? This is what I propose: Let us, the emerging
churches, the “younger evangelicals” and all communities of Christ who
seek to be missional to the gay and lesbian worlds, direct our
attention to a different question when it comes to “the homosexual
question. Let us spend our time on the question, “what kind of people
should we be to welcome gay and lesbian people into the redemptive and
healing salvation of God in Christ for sexuality?” Let us listen to
each other. Let us listen to the postmodern writers who tell us it is
our communities and cultures that form desire. And let us spend
sufficient time…to discern what kind of community we need to
be to both speak what we are called to say and be the kind of welcoming
and redeeming community that can say it as “good news.”

Amen and Amen. 

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2 Responses to “Wise words about “responding” to homosexuality”

  1. dlw on February 13th, 2006 11:15 am

    My experience has been that linguistic confusion tends to be a good deal of why this subject commonly produces more heat than light. I’ve written a good deal about the politics of homosexuality here and here.

    Though, I agree with the above as a good pastoral statement, I just think we also need to deal with the issue from the political dimension as well.


  2. blorge on February 13th, 2006 12:08 pm

    Why should we deal with the political dimension as well? What is the proper response, politically?

    Isn’t welcoming glbt people into a Christian community a political act/statement in itsself?

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