Nov 30 2012

The United Methodist Reporter: Quadrilateral can guide in sexuality debate

Original post at http://www.unitedmethodistreporter.com/2012/11/quadrilateral-can-guide-in-sexuality-debate/

In reply to the Oct. 5 letter to the editor in the Reporter:

God created us all and in God’s creation we are all diverse. Our skin, hair and eye color are all diverse, and each color has a range of colors in it. Our size, height, weight and feet are all diverse and have a range of sizes within each category. Our mental ability, intelligence and ability to learn are all diverse. Our personalities also have a range from severely shy to exuberantly extroverted. Within the complete diversity of created human beings, why do we think sexuality should be only one way? Isn’t there a range of diversity in sexuality?

As Methodists we use the Wesleyan quadrilateral for our interpretation and use of Scripture. We hold Scripture in the highest regard but also form our interpretation out of our tradition. We also use reason and experience to discern. My experience has given me encounters with many people whose sexual orientation is different than mine. I have found some of them to be profound Christians who live their life out of their faith. My reason tells me that these people must have been created on one end of the sexuality spectrum. Therefore as a good Wesleyan Methodist the quadrilateral helps me to put aside the few damning Scriptures that do not apply in the way they have been applied. And that is to persecute and judge humans created in God’s image.

The Holy Spirit is at work among us to call us to use our reason, our experience and most of all our love for neighbor to rethink this issue.

Mickey Olson
Licensed Local Pastor, Minnesota Conference

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