I spend too much time on Facebook following a conservative United Methodist page. I often post articles which I know will elicit strong responses, and I have to laugh at some of the mental gymnastics some of these people (many clergy) go through to justify their “Bible-believing” positions. A recent exchange serves as a good example of why we can’t always apply a literal interpretation of the Bible to today’s world, and why discernment is critical when you try to use the Bible to support a position.
A typical argument had arisen related to LGBT marriage equality, and the usual claims were being made about sexuality and orientation, and the Bible’s “specificity” about how wrong being gay is. There was some discussion about Paul going off on a slight tangent, and one of the saner members of the page posed the following: