On the About page of this blog, I express, in essence, the hope that at some point, the church will be able to discuss differing opinions on any cultural, moral or political issue civilly no matter what it is. I hope that this includes the “agree to disagree” principle so that we can come as close as humanly possible to the truth about such things as respect for human life (death penalty, abortion, etc.), the government’s versus the church’s role in providing for widows and orphans, etc., etc.
Same sex marriage is among the issues that I know a vast majority of Christians can’t, under the current church climate, question in their church. I know there are exceptions, and I hope that this is beginning to change.
Well, I just came across this document calling for exactly this to happen.
Now, I looked at the list of signatories and am not satisfied with the number of church leaders involved. There are a few who are to the right of center on the conservative spectrum, and there are a few (“liberal”) seminary leaders and a Bishop in the Episcopal Church. I applaud these church leaders, but I wish there were more conservatives on the list.
The most encouraging for me is the name of the President of Fuller Theological Seminary. Fuller has for a long while been a distinctly Christian institution, with a good reputation for facilitating this kind of discussion.
I do hope this document is the spark for a new kind of discussion..