I’ve got some heartening news in the world of organized religion. The next leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, has come out (so to speak) and offered that she doesn’t think homosexuality is a sin at all.
Note to those who are trying to ban homosexual marriage and would relegate homosexuals to second class status…please read the following…
Asked how she reconciled her position on homosexuality with specific passages in the Bible declaring sexual relations between men an abomination, Jefferts Schori said the Bible was written in a very different historical context by people asking different questions.
“The Bible has a great deal to teach us about how to live as human beings. The Bible does not have so much to teach us about what sorts of food to eat, what sorts of clothes to wear — there are rules in the Bible about those that we don’t observe today,” she said.
“The Bible tells us about how to treat other human beings, and that’s certainly the great message of Jesus — to include the unincluded.”
How long have I been waiting to hear those words from a Church leader? Too long.
But get to the more important point of what Bishop Schori is saying, people can cherrypick things out of the Bible and choose to push political agendas based on this passage or that passage, but when they choose to ignore other passages that are even more explicit about regulating behavior according to God’s law, the bottom line is they’re ultimately going to look hypocritical and foolish.
And as history has shown us, religious doctrine designed to limit freedoms has always been defeated in favor of broader civil rights and greater acceptance.
Great job Bishop. You’ve got my ear. Let’s hope others start listening too.
As commenters KipEsquire and reader_i_am point out, the leader of the Episcopalian church has much less sway over the overall policy of the denomination then, say, the Pope does. I asked for proof and reader_i_am provided that and much more. So I’m going to change the title from “Episcopal Church Takes A Stand On Homosexuality” to “Episcopal Bishop Takes A Stand On Homosexuality”
Thanks for the assist.