Owning our Interpretation

“I have loved ones who are LGBTQ2S+ and I wish I could affirm their relationships... but the Bible just won’t let me do it. My heart is there, but my hands are tied by scripture itself.”

Two weeks ago, I was asked how I would respond to such a statement. I fumbled a response about how lots of Christians through history have felt their “hands were tied” when it came to what scripture says about slaves and women and divorce, but later changed their minds. Still, my response felt unsatisfying.