Our United Methodist denomination will begin this Saturday to discern how to handle the last prohibitions regarding ordination of LGBTQ+ persons and same-gendered weddings. Why is there so much confusion among our delegates on how to handle these issues? People do have very different ideas of how to handle these prohibitions and almost everyone sites the Bible in stating why they believe what they do.
Almost everyone in our society knows that the Bible says something about homosexuality. Many people refer to the Bible in making decisions, or in arguing against those who see things differently. Good people completely disagree about what the Bible says about homosexuality.
Few people, however, know exactly what the Bible says. This weekend in worship, we will look at all of the verses in the Bible that mention homosexuality. We will dig in to try to understand exactly what each of these verses mean. This will not be X-rated but it is impossible to talk about this topic without talking about sex in some ways, so maybe PG rated.
We will also look at what Jesus says and does and how that might help us better understand these verses and God’s will.
Some people say that the Bible is outdated and irrelevant. I am not one of those people. I do think it is important to understand the entirety of Scripture and not just pluck out a verse out of context to support what we already wanted to believe. If we are open to the Bible, it will teach us vitally important lessons about living well. I also believe it is crucially important to be faithful to what we believe God wants us to do and be in this life.
When I was a boy in Sunday School, I was taught the Wesleyan Quadrilateral. When trying to understand God, God’s will, and what is right and wrong we need to consult Scripture, Experience, Reason and Tradition (SERT). We will do well to call upon all 4 of these sources of wisdom as we take on this touchy topic this weekend.
I look forward to worshiping with you this weekend!
COME EAT PANCAKES THIS SUNDAY
Our youth and choir are raising money for trips this summer and need your help. How can you help? Can you eat pancakes? Come to the Fellowship Hall this Sunday between 8:00-9:00 a.m. and enjoy some pancakes and some good people.
NOISY OFFERING THIS WEEKEND AT ALL SERVICES
Please plan on bringing your coins and loose bills as we are collecting for Habitat for Humanity.