I’ll be quick.
Earlier this week, a bunch of Christians got together and wrote a document called the Nashville Statement. Basically, it’s one long document about biblical interpretation and same-sex marriage and lgbt inclusion in the church. Or rather, how those things shouldn’t be in the church. Most of the prominent names on it aren’t a surprise to most of us in churchy world.
Besides being a document that is quite harmful to lgbt individuals, and besides reinforcing the notion that lgbt individuals and their supporters aren’t welcome in church as they are (they are in some of our churches!), I have another question.
Why in the world would anybody look to these folk for guidance on biblical interpretation or morality? Many of the names attached to the Nashville Statement are names that have supported Donald Trump as president. If they can support an unrepentant liar (517 false statements, as of mid-August) who advocates the sexual assault of women, appears on the cover of Playboy magazine, and speaks the language of white supremacists (this list could go on and on and on and on), what moral authority do they still have? What integrity do they have left?
Why should I pay attention to the apparent speck in my own eye (or that of my queer sisters and brothers) when they have a gigantic maple tree in theirs?
As wise Richard Rohr said a year ago, “The evangelical support of Trump will be an indictment against it as a Christian movement for generations to come.”
And to my lgbt friends: You are loved as you are. You are beloved.
Grace and Peace,
PS – And James Dobson is the biggest hypocrite of them all here. Which is too bad, because I love Adventures in Odyssey. He wrote a letter about Bill Clinton in the 90s and said, among other things, “As it turns out, character DOES matter. You can’t run a family, let alone a country, without it. How foolish to believe that a person who lacks honesty and moral integrity is qualified to lead a nation and the world! Nevertheless, our people continue to say that the President is doing a good job even if they don’t respect him personally. Those two positions are fundamentally incompatible. In the Book of James the question is posed, “Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring” (James 3:11 NIV). The answer is no”).