This is part one of a two part series leading up to the next “INTERSECTION” service on 4th November. These two blogs will be related to this month’s topic which is called “Sexism, racism & Homophobia: Is the Church always right and what happens if I disagree?” For more information on Intersection, visit the Shore Vineyards website here
I am currently sitting in St Stephen’s University in Canada where I have spent the last two weeks studying for my Masters. It has been truly wonderful, yet I am extremely sad that I will be missing the next Intersection service. Adding to this sadness is the wonderful conversations and opportunities that have arisen in the last few weeks of my travels, particularly around the exact issues that are up for discussion at the upcoming Intersection service.
What I have found myself confronted with time and again is the polarity that seems to exist in the world around us.
It seems, that in every circumstance, we can label things “Right” or “Wrong.”
But is it really that simple?
There are words in the bible that we can use to put things in each of those categories.
But then there are words we can use in the bible that put right and wrong completely out of whack.
Can women teach in Church? Can homosexuals be in Church? Is it “Right” or is it “Wrong” to even ask these questions?
And if you can answer that, how do you define the parameters by which you determine right and wrong? Just thinking about it makes me break out in a cold sweat.
An exchange in the garden of Eden sheds some interesting thoughts as we look at this subject. The serpent says to Eve “For God knows that when you eat from it (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
We will be LIKE God? It seems that when we categorise things into right and wrong, we choose to put ourselves into the shoes of God, and as a result we pass judgement on another human.
Hardly shoes we are qualified to fill.
So it is with humbleness that I propose that we eat of the tree of life, based on God’s recommendation. This is a tree of relationship, of being in community with, of loving, and being. As we prepare ourselves for this discussion let’s walk humbly and love radically.
God bless you as you journey towards the tree of life.