Thursday, 4 July 2013

Joint Assembly Day III—A Couple of Things That Made Me Go, "Hmmm"?!?!?!

CONFORMATION

I find it interesting that Lutheran National Bishop, Susan Johnson, invokes this verse in support of the responsible resource extraction:

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." (Ro12.2)

I wonder why are we not to be conformed to world in this context while, at the same time, being thoroughly and deeply conformed in matters sexual? The testing continues. Is the will of God more likely to found in human experience, or in Holy Scripture and the Faith once revealed? Where is the good, acceptable and perfect more likely found?

DRAWING THE LINE

Mark Hanson, Presiding Bishop of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America said Jesus drew no lines in the sand and that he had a foot on both sides of any boundary lines. I wondered about the lines Jesus drew on the ground before the woman caught in adultery in John 8 when he both acknowledged her sin and condemned her not. The loving and accepting was not to say her sin was not sin. He had one foot on either side of that line, too. Both-and, not either-or. A much harder example to follow.