April 28, 2011 @ 02:06 pm by Jacqui Lewis
Hi everyone. I got a really interesting letter the other day from someone asking about our theology of full LGBTI inclusion. It was fascinating, and raised good questions. I won't print the letter because that is not fair, but here is what I wrote back.
Register for the LGBT Equality and Justice Day today AND let's remember that love is the law.
One thing I never argue about is that these words you quote are in the Bible; they are. And, so are words that would prohibit either you or I to speak in church, words that might suggest that my ancestors should have been enslaved, and words that would make capital crimes out of things that today we find ridiculous. I speak in church every Sunday as an ordained clergy, and I am not clear if you are ordained or not, but most denominations would allow you to be and would encourage your voice in leadership as a lay person. Most of us have ceased using the Bible as justification for bigotry. And, the church no longer keeps kosher, let alone killing people for committing adultery.
God's Word has always been interpreted with Holy Spirit - in the oral transmission, in the writing down of the scriptures, in the selection of the canon, in the preached word. We bring our whole selves to these Holy words, as we seek to love God with our heart, soul, mind and strength. Human laws are also interpreted by enforcement agencies, by lawyers and by the courts.
What seems to me to be core to the Judeo-Christian law is this: love God with your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. Per Jesus the Christ, love is the ultimate law. If for some reason I have to answer for loving the folk in my congregation, all of them, and loving my brothers and sisters in all of God's creation, no matter with whom they have sexual relations, then I am prepared to do that, now and in eternity. I will err on the side of love.
In the meantime, at Middle we bring people together to learn more fully how to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly. We teach others to err on the side of love.
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