Generous Space: Engaging Scripture

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Generous space community encourages joyful engagement with the scriptures as the living Word that reveals who God is and what God has done on behalf of humanity and all of creation.  We recognize that people are at different places with scripture.  Some in our community have been wounded by how scripture has been wielded against them. Some in our community are theology students delving into the exegetical depths of scripture. We recognize that everyone is on a journey. This is the beauty of community where we love each other in real relationship and can listen, encourage, and spur one another on.

As this series seeks to demonstrate, Christ-centered generous space community rests in embracing the redemptive story of scripture. Despite the displacement of LGBTQ+ Christians often being a catalyst to cultivate generous space, healthy community doesn’t fixate on the singular question of same-sex relationships. Given the differences and disagreements on this question, generous space community recognizes that:

This is an interpretive matter.

Those who resist generous space often declare authoritative biblical certainty that all same-sex sexual activity is sinful. The insinuation is that anyone who questions this conclusion has disregarded the authority of scripture. The reality is, however, that every single reading of Scripture is interpretive. Every single reader of Scripture sees through a glass dimly to some extent, no matter how many PhD’s might be behind their name. And in these matters, there are people who are deeply committed to Christ and to the Scriptures with multiple PhD’s in Biblical Studies behind their names who come to opposite conclusions on whether or not covenanted same-sex relationships are sinful. It would seem that some of those good folks, despite their best intentions to be faithful and obedient to the Scriptures are in error – and because of those errors there will be people who either discern that something that is sinful is NOT sinful – or that something that is not sinful IS sinful.

Thanks be to God, all of this has already been addressed at the cross. When God looks at those who put their faith in Jesus Christ as the one who has made the way for them to be made right with God, God sees Christ. God doesn’t see our theological failings, our interpretive errors, our numb conscience, our selfish hearts, our fearful meritocratic efforts…. What God sees is the righteousness of Christ – praise be to our Lord Jesus Christ! Does this seem too good to be true? Does it seem too easy? I would suggest that is the biggest lie – and the pride of our own hearts – preventing us from receiving this as the truth – despite it being spelled out for us in Scripture!

“It is because of God that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” ~ 1 Cor. 1:30

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