Below, I’ve posted a link to an interview with Rev. Dr. Arlo Duba, a seminary professor whose personal journey in relation to equality for LGBT Christians is remarkably similar to my own.
As a Christian who still considers himself to navigate (mostly) within the bounds of the evangelical and catholic faith, what I appreciate most about Duba is his grounding in biblical fidelity.
I hate the fact that polarization in our churches has led so many to the assumption that the relationship between LGBT equality and the Bible is “either/or”. Too many on the extreme left dissect and ultimately dismiss the Scriptures as a unique and central source of revelation and enlightenment. Too many on the extreme right refuse to look at the Scriptures with a new set of eyes. They will not allow the Scriptures themselves to challenge long-standing theological and cultural assumptions.
If this argument is going to bear any fruit in our churches and in our denominations, it has to be a biblical argument. If we allow our theological disagreement to deteriorate into a free-for-all over church property, then I believe we have all (on both sides) betrayed the Gospel of Christ and created a bloody spectacle worthy only of the Jerry Springer Show.
Those closest to me know how strongly I support the dual-cause of marriage and ordination equality for LGBT people in my church. I think the relationship between LGBT equality and the Bible is “both/and”, not “either/or”. I believe a biblical case can be made for our cause and I hope to call on others, especially my fellow pastors and biblical scholars, to join me in building it.
To those who work with me for LGBT equality in church and society: Let’s bring it back to the Bible, for it is there that we will find what we need to take our stand for the freedom of all God’s children.
To those who disagree with me on this issue: Let’s keep reading the Bible together. Let’s read it as much as we can with as many different people as possible (including those who are different from or disagree with us). Let’s let our sisters and brothers challenge our assumptions about the Scriptures. Let’s let the Scriptures challenge our assumptions about our sisters and brothers. We might not agree at the end of the day, but at least we will have sought the will of God together. At least we will have (hopefully) grown in our love for God and our neighbors. And that’s what God truly wants from all of us.
Wherever you stand, take a look at Arlo Duba’s words, posted at the link below. There are seeds here that have the potential to grow into authentic and fruitful theological discourse.