The Current read letters in reaction to Monday’s interview, you can listen in here. Go to part 2 and scroll ahead to 18:17. Two things particularly struck me. In the first letter, the author speaks of Jesus’ compassion. Yes, Jesus loves us, and he ate with sinners, and he associated with outcasts. However, he was and is not content to leave we sinners where we are. He told the woman caught in adultry to go and sin no more. He told the rich young ruler who was ensnared by his wealth to give away everything to the poor and follow him. Same sex blessings are only the presenting issue. The deeper, underlying issue is whether we submit to God and his word, or try to twist God and his word to our own ends.
The second thing that struck me was the last letter, from the “married” lesbian, whose “wife”‘s parents are members of Anglican Essentials. I can’t help but think about how grief stricken those parents must be about the lifepath their daughter has chosen, and I wonder how I would react in similar circumstances. I think the only thing to do is to try to keep communication open without condoning the lifestyle. A hard, thin line to walk, indeed.