I've been reading Mark Connors series on relationships and specifically his thoughts on homosexuality.
Once upon a time I would have just swallowed it. No questions asked.
Now I'd want to know: Who is Mark Connors? Would he be writing from a certain bent? The answer is easily googled. Pentecostal, largest church in Melbourne. Just from this information, I've worked out the angle of the article, usually I wouldn't even need to read on. (I like Mark Connors I'm not sure I agree with his outworking of the meta-narrative of scripture but I like how he is on the side of the wretched and poor)
There are questions which I think the secular world is waiting for an answer from evangelical pentecostal churches. The most important is when a homosexual couple is in a loving monogomous relationship? I think that most of the verses Mark mentions is in context of a lustful homsexual incounters.
The other questions which I would be asking are there others historically and contempory which have contrary views?
Of cource there are::
A great piece by baptist minister in Collins Street Simon Cary Holt, supporting homosexual marriage.
The ancient Church there are examples of Homosexual marriage: From the wikipedia::
A cure for homosexuality; a reading of an article by Jerray Marks is perfound and worth reading.
Historian John Boswell claimed the 4th century Christian martyrs Saint Sergius and Saint Bacchus were united in the ritual of adelphopoiesis, which he calls an early form of religious same-sex marriage
So like most things now I read differntly, with a critical eye; sometimes I swing one side or another but usualy If I don't have much inverstment I sit on the fence. But others where I think there is an issue of equality and Gods overall plan, then I'll look at things a bit more critically.
One of the biggest challenges for me as a Christian who once held Mark Connors view, was really knowing and understanding Homosexuals. I would think that the majority of large Church pastors in Melbourne would not have a homosexual friend that they have walked next to in friendship for over 10 years. Known there ups and downs; The desperate measures they get to.
It gives there didactic writings and orations no credibility.
I was pleased to read from Mark that "Anti-Gay is not an option" phew, some have moved on, even if slowly.