Homosexual Hermeneutics and Its Deadly Implications: A Pastoral Reflection -- By: Samuel S. Shin

Journal: Trinity Journal
Volume: TRINJ 26:1 (Spring 2005)
Article: Homosexual Hermeneutics and Its Deadly Implications: A Pastoral Reflection
Author: Samuel S. Shin

Homosexual Hermeneutics and
Its Deadly Implications:
A Pastoral Reflection

Samuel S. Shin

Samuel Shin is pastor of Wellspring Covenant Community Church in San Leandro, California. He has a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His email address is samshin@wccc.net.

I. Introduction

Few who reside in the San Francisco Bay Area would describe homosexuality as a sin. Since the area represents one of the largest contingents of the gay population in North America, very few would question the legitimacy of homosexuality as an “alternative lifestyle.” In fact, homosexuals now claim legitimacy based on the equal rights that are afforded to people of different color or gender. They see no difference between the racial distinctions of African-Americans, Asians, Native Americans, etc., and sexual orientation since they contend that both the ethnic distinction and the sexual orientation distinction is an inherent trait. Thus, to the homosexual, being gay or lesbian is no more out of place than being a woman or being black.

How is the church to respond? Recently, major denominations like the Episcopalian Church, Presbyterian Church USA, and the United Methodist Church have battled within their particular denominations a rising tide of homosexual influence and power.1 CNN.com reported the acceptance of the first gay bishop in the Episcopalian Church.2 Christianity Today discussed the increasing schism within the Presbyterian Church USA due to the homosexuality issue.3 Leading Christian journals and magazines have wrestled with the issue.4

The controversy has affected government as well. Former President Clinton implemented his now infamous “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military, a compromise in accepting homosexuals in the military so long as those who choose the gay lifestyle do not

reveal their sexual orientation. The Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled in favor of gay marriage, leading to a constitutional challenge in the Massachusetts state legislature. And not to be outdone by Massachusetts, San Francisco’s mayor, Gavin Newsome, has unilaterally proclaimed the legitimacy of gay marriage and the local government’s responsibility to officiate such unions. This of course has led to President Bush’s call for a constitutional amendment declaring marriage solely between a man and a woman. There is no area in American culture, society, and life that wi...

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