Over the past several years we, as Christians and as Lutherans, have had many conversations about sexuality. Our denomination offered the Statement on Human Sexuality in 2009, specifically addressing same-gender relationships, and this has moved some of us further towards affirmation of our LGBTQ+ siblings. More recently we’ve begun having productive conversations about the inclusion of people of diverse gender identities in our churches and in our lives. Still, many of us in the ELCA struggle to apply a Lutheran interpretation of the Scriptures in regards to LGBTQ+ individuals and communities.
In recognition of this continued journey, ReconcilingWorks offers here a short commentary which takes into account biblical integrity and knowledge, key Lutheran interpretative lenses, and the diverse experiences of the LGBTQ+ community. This commentary addresses eight of the so-called “clobber passages” used to exclude LGBTQ+ people from the body of Christ, and finishes with eight Bible passages that offer inclusive and expansive understandings of the nature of God’s welcome. Our hope is that these interpretations, based in scripture, tradition, and reason, may lead to a deeper understanding of our LGBTQ+ siblings in Christ and continued acts of reconciliation within God’s family.
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