Nashville Statement: the Antithesis of Generous Space

Since the release of the Nashville Statement (NS) on August 29, 2017 there have been many supportive and encouraging responses for LGBTQ+ people.  See:  Denver Statement Liturgists Statement Christians United Statement

While my sense is that the NS was intended to rally momentum and power among a certain group within the U.S. church, what it has actually caused is an outpouring of support for LGBTQ+ people from every corner of the Body of Christ.  As Brian McLaren articulated so well, “The statement puts pressure on the large number of LGBTQ-sympathetic Evangelicals who are trying to remain anonymous.”  Reminds me of the Elie Wiesel quote, “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” The theology of the NS contributes to putting LGBTQ+ lives at risk – risk of suicide, risk of homelessness, risk of self-harming behaviours, risk of discrimination and violence, risk of loss of family, employment, education, or church, risk of abandoning faith for all the wrong reasons ……

While the NS is profoundly severed from the humanity of their LGBTQ+ siblings in Christ, many (but sadly not all) queer Christians that I know won’t be rattled in their relationship with Jesus or in their sense of self by it.  They recognize that it emerges from vastly different prioriti