Bearing Good Fruit

Luke 6: 43 – 44

“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.  Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.”

Generous Space is a posture in which we seek to love across difference. We’re keenly aware that, “If I diminish you… I diminish myself.” (Desmond Tutu) And we remember Paul’s words that one part of the Body of Christ cannot say to another part, “I have no need of you.”

In light of this, we intentionally welcome people into our shared life who hold a variety of theological perspectives on matters of gender and sexuality. This can feel like risky business – and we’ve had lots of people challenge us on it over the years. It is risky, not because we’re afraid of getting it wrong or somehow disappointing God. No, it is risky because our theological positions on gender and sexuality are deeply personal, intimate, and touch our most vulnerable parts. The potential to harm each other is significant – particularly because so many of us have endured shaming messages about gender and sexuality for most of our lives.

A campaign like, “Tell Your Pastor #imaffirming” could be perceived as promoting a monolithic view of these complex questions. And I’ve had celibate LGBTQ+ folks question our language usage. My response has been that it is hard to capture much nuance in a hashtag.