Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Bishop Dan writes on his blog:

A recent letter to our diocesan newsletter chided church leaders for failing to teach that homosexuality is a “sin.” I don’t want to tackle the question of whether homosexuality is a sin or not on a blog. It takes more words and more serious reflection than this medium affords. But it does raise an important question I want to ponder a little. What is a “sin”?

The letter to the editor sparks this question for me because Scripture does not define homosexual acts as sins. Only one specific homosexual act is prohibited and it is described as a ritual purity violation, which is quite a different matter. Ritual purity violations are in the category of planting two kinds of crop in one field or wearing a poly-blend suit, not the category of murder, theft, adultery, and other such moral issues having to do with justice and integrity. But if something is not defined as sin in Scripture, that doesn’t resolve the question. Scripture doesn’t say anything about “enhanced interrogation techniques” (torture), toxic waste dumping, or human trafficking – but I feel certain in my heart that those things are sins. So how do we know if something is a sin?

That’s the start of what I find to be a very interesting article.  You can find the whole thing here.

Dean Baker has been highlighting how states and the District of Columbia have been moving to accept gay marriage.  One article I found particularly interesting is about New York, and how some Republicans have been moved to support gay marriage.  If you want to see this, you can go here.  I heard second hand, yesterday, about how Sara Palin greeted a friend she grew up with in her home town.  She was introduced to his partner.  And she said something to the effect of “you seem to make him happy — congratulations.”  No, I don’t think she’s likely to support gay marriage.  But more and more people have a face for gay marriage.  And people tend to be supportive of those they care for, at least on a personal level.  I know.  Not always.  And it sure takes a long time sometimes.  But I continue to see movement towards justice and inclusion and love.  It gives me real hope.