Sep 20, 2006
The full page advertisement for Understanding Homosexuality: Perspectives for the Local Church tells that a complimentary copy of this book has been sent to all pastors in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
This past weekend, on the plane to DC and Pittsburg speaking engagements, I read how "even if 90% of the population were exclusively homosexual, that would have no logical bearing on whether homosexuality is morally right or morally neutral."
The groups I was heading to speak with were probably 90% LGBT. According to Understanding Homosexuality, none of their life experience matters. Not one bit. The central premise of the book is you cannot argue from an IS to an OUGHT. And the way the world OUGHT to be is heterosexual, from the Genesis revelation onwards. Everything else is fallen creation. Even if a gay gene were discovered, this would only show that the world is fallen and broken, it wouldn't show that homosexuality is ok.
If a person IS homosexual, they OUGHT to become heterosexual. Furthermore, homosexual people have been defined out of the conversation. There is no conversation. God has spoken and this author knows exactly what God has said. Possibilities for differeing viewpoints? No.
Wow. And this book has been sent to all my Lutheran pastor colleagues who have been trained with God understandings that use words like
- "Created co-creator,"
- "Historical criticism,"
- and the knowledge that interpretations of God and Scripture have been "evolving" since their age old beginnings as "spoken stories."
If you need to read this book, I'd suggest you find a Lutheran pastor and ask to borrow a copy. Think hard before you spend $16 and add to the strength of this agenda. Time permitting I hope soon to offer a more extended book report on Understanding Homosexuality.
The gift of this book is David Glesne's crystal clear dismissal of human experience. Glesne's book is so valuable because the reality of life, in my experience, is exactly opposite. The reality is that life is all experience. Even Understanding Homosexuality, despite its denials, is based on experience.
As were the people of Lutherans Concerned, where I spoke in Washington D.C. (www.lcmetrowashdc.org)
As were the people of Community of Celebration and the town of Aliquippa where I unicycled in their annual parade. (www.communityofcelebration.com)
As were the people of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church where I preached in Pittsburg.
As was "Standing For All Families" the Pittsburg group that has organized to counter for a broader understanding of family than James Dobson brought to their town last night.
As was the young woman who thanked me for my talk just before I flew home, telling me, "My mother still goes to bed every night, believing that I'm going to hell."
As was Gay Into Straight America, which rolled into Chelan last night for the final evening of their year-long tour to create Authentic Connections. (www.gayintostraightamerica.com)
Authentic Connections. For an entire year Dotty Berry and Roby Sapp have traveled the United States in relentless pursuit of dialoge and the creation of authentic connections. They have talked with all manner of people, and in those conversations they have found deep human connections.
There's only one hard thing about experience. It's the risk. The risk that I'll be changed by conversations and events. Without that risk, we can't experience life. Dotti and Roby took that risk of experience and discovered what most adventurers discover; a world of much more kindness and hospitality and caring and understanding than we often expect.
Wish you could have been here last night. In our little town where I can't recall a public word being said about homosexuality, 40 plus people showed up for the evening, including the KOZI radio station announcer who interviewed Dotti and Robby before the presentation.
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It's been a beautiful week.