This letter is in response to Molly Harbarger’s essay “COLUMN: Faith for the marginalized at the intersection of thinking and believing” (June 14). She said she has feelings of alienation regarding the topic of homosexuality within the Christian church.
My suggestion is to remember that if we force any church to accept even one policy, then true freedom of choice is lost.
Many people believe that the Bible is valid in its entirety, and they gain a great personal strength in aligning with its teachings in feelings, thoughts and actions. To my knowledge no Christian church has yet publicly made the disclaimer that some portions of the Bible may be invalid.
Gay men and women, if they want to be a part of the Christian faith, based on Bible principles, may participate with the acceptance of the church’s core policy that all parts of the Bible are valid.
The only other choice is to create a religion that uses an abridged form of the Bible. This would not be a Christian religion, but it could be given its own category.
Christianity in its true form never points fingers at one group, but instead says there is no man that does not sin (1 Kings 8:46). Everyone needs to struggle toward all the virtues, all the time, every day. No one is exempt.
Ms. Harbarger uses Bruce Ough’s quote “Jesus welcomes and loves all with the same love,” and yet this statement is incomplete. Jesus loves the potential to be holy in every person because “But, besides all these things, (clothe yourselves with) love, for it is a perfect bond of union.” (Colossians 3:14) If love is a perfect “bond of union,” then Jesus loves the parts of us that have bonded with his truth and goodness.
Everyone, including gay men and women, has the right to choose where to practice their faith. The Christian church, however, must not be regulated by law or public opinion. We must remember that the separation of church and state protects the church as well.