Hearing both sidesBy Scott Smith Greensboro, N.C.
Opinion pieces appearing in Mennonite periodicals today include exhortations for patience as the church transitions from believing homosexual intimacy to be a sin to rejecting that belief. As I read I Cor. 5:9-13 I’m not sure Paul would agree with Glenn Balzer’s suggestion that “leaving, or expelling, is the sin that should concern us most” (“Don’t Leave the Table”). But regardless of whether we should take Paul seriously, thus far there have been few, if any, proposals for accommodating both views of homosexuality in the same body. I would like to encourage practical suggestions for ensuring that both sides get heard to see if that is even possible. I’ll start off by suggesting that if congregations or conferences decide homosexual intimacy is not a sin, members with a dissenting viewpoint will be able to periodically announce during services or conferences that it is a sin (of course, other behaviors could also be announced as sins). If unity is going to be our highest priority, we need to start seeing some practical solutions.
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