I was dismayed to see a former bishop of the church (Paull Spring) purport to hold Scripture in highest regard and then so misrepresent it (August, "My view: Reforming the ELCA"). That Spring and CORE (Coalition for Reform) should elevate homosexuality to the forefront of biblical concern far ahead of Jesus’ many references to the misuse of wealth and abuse of power simply baffles me. Spring calls the one man/one woman lifelong union the “classical standard.” I’m unsure which classical period he refers to. Throughout most of Scripture the standard was polygamy. In Bible times and through much of the world today a man, on whim, can divorce his wife by a simple pronouncement. In those times and places, men can engage with multiple sexual partners without fault while for women it’s a capital offense. Arranged marriages have been “classical” too. From earliest times the definition of marriage has been in a state of flux. I agree that the church stands in continuous need of reforming, but I see the scope of that need much more broadly than what happens in the bedroom.
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