The Bible Says...
The trial of Jane Spahr commences soon for her blessing of two same sex unions. Blessing love between two committed people is in some cases to much to handle for the church. I have to think the church's mission has seriously run a ground when this becomes the case.
I've had some comments critical of my stance of inclusion because it doesn't fit biblical standards. I admit, I question whether such a standard exists. The vision of relationships change over time, once allowing for multiple wives that we no longer consider normative.
And I question whether two middle aged lesbians married at city hall are ever addressed in the Bible. The passages frequently quoted on this subject appear to deal with abusive and exploitative situations, pedastry in 1 Cor., gang rape in Sodom, idolatry in Romans.
I don't think the point is to relativize the Bible, though an argument can be made for such a move. It is to seek to identify what the authors are, in fact, addressing. There's an ahistoricism that assumes our debates and controversies are invariably found in the Bible.
I think a better model would be to look at Paul's description of the fruits of the spirit and his description of love in 1 Corinthians and when we find such things in a relationship, regardless of gender, the church needs to bless and support and be there for such couples.
I apologize for my poor rate of postings. I'm headed to a political shindig in Philadelphia this weekend and hope to visit the church of Beth Stroud's partner as well as a student based and successful liberal protestant campus ministry at the University of Pennsylvania. I'll follow up with a post when I get back.