This begins week four of our interactive study, as I have said in the past, our study is only as good as that of the participation level. If at all possible please read chapter 5 of the book When Christians Get It Wrong by Adam Hamilton. You can also watch the sermon based on the chapter, In Dealing with Homosexuals, preached by Reverend Hamilton. Please also remember the ground rules we are using which I took from Allan R. Bevere: This is a place to reflect upon important (and some not so important) matters. If you read something you disagree with, don’t get angry; leave a comment in response and join the discussion. Passionate and lively debate is a great thing and is encouraged in the context of civility. Comments that include name-calling, insults, and profanity will be deleted. While we have not resorted to name calling, we came very close to a line last week. Due to the possibility of “fly by” commenters on this subject all comments will be moderated or approved by me before appearing in this space.
Overview: One of the hot button issues of our day is “How do we as Christians address homosexuality, what and how do we do this.” Hamilton reminds us that the focus of this book is on how we (Christians) are perceived by young adults who have rejected Christianity. Hamilton also reminds us how divisive this issue is and that feelings on it are markedly different as generational bounds are crossed. The goal in this chapter, as in the rest of the book is to look at how others see and experience what and how we say things.
Observations from the book and the sermon: Hamilton emphasizes in this chapter that those outside of the church hold up Christian actions and directly compare them to Jesus’ actions with those deemed sinners and outcasts of His day. Reverend Hamilton looks at how we have “grown” in our understanding of the Bible since the time of Peter. He looks at the Bible’s teaching on homosexuality and he acknowledges both sides with a definite lean towards a theory he calls “progressive revelation.” He also looks at his understanding of a few different Bible stories.
As we have done in the past weeks, please share with me about your general impressions of this chapter. What areas did you find challenging? What areas did you find yourself in agreement? What would you like to discuss more fully? As this has moved forward, I have one other reminder or piece of advice: There are real people reading your comments, some may agree and some may not, I pray that our spirit be as if we are writing to or reading from Jesus.
I look forward to your responses.