I have decided to take another paper that I wrote for my doctoral program and break it down into several parts for the blog. I have tried to make it a bit more readable – but it will likely still feel a bit academic. I hope, however, that it will cause people to think and start some robust conversations.
Ethical reflection within a framework of faith in Jesus Christ is appropriately an evolving practice. Christians who truly seek to follow the way of Christ will recognize that this way is never static or formulaic. The way of Christ is always contextual and always open to the ongoing revelation of God’s story in our day and in our time. Jesus promised the coming of the Holy Spirit who would continue to reveal, lead and guide his followers. That this impacts our ethical reflection should come as no surprise or threat to those who recognize that this truth we seek to embody in our Christian faith is found in a person, not a proposition, and found through dynamic relationship, not rigid laws.
If this is the case with ethics in general, it is all the more so when it comes to reflection on sexual ethics. God’s interaction with people through the stories revealed from Genesis to Revelation presents a variety of sexual mores, customs and practices. The Bibli