Biblical Obedience call us to a deep relationship with God that is resourced by daily habits of personal prayer, meditation, scriptural reflection, life in the Christian community, and acts of mercy, justice, and love that bear witness to our growing relationship with the Holy One. In this life of faith, we find that we are changed into persons for whom God’s justice becomes a part of our own inner life. By growing in our relationship with God, we find that we are able to do justice internally, to do the work of self-acceptance, to love ourselves as God has loved us and to commit our lives to seeking that justice for everyone – within and outside the walls of the church.
Living into Biblical Obedience has broad and expansive expressions. While The United Methodist Church maintains a structure of oppression which dehumanizes LGBTQ people within and outside its walls, we are called to discern the ways in which being obedient to the scriptures and to our faith require of us disobedience of church laws in conflict with the gospel.
Biblical Obedience means we do not ask for permission before living into our calling and it recognizes that the call of Christ is superior to any other calling on our lives.
Biblical Obedience may look like:
- Clergy committed to offering the grace of the Church’s blessing to any prepared couple
- desiring Christian marriage.
- Lay people committed to opening their church sanctuary for all to make a commitment of
- love and fidelity through Christian marriage.
- LGBTQ candidates for ministry disclosing their identities in the ordination process
- LGBTQ deacons, elders, and lay ministers disclosing their identities in their ministerial contexts
- Communities and individuals becoming Reconciling
- Engaging with local organizations to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ people
- Seeking racial justice, an end to poverty, access to health care, immigration reform and other efforts to rid our church and world of systemic injustices
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“Jesus was asked by a scribe, ‘Which is the greatest of all the commandments?’ Jesus simply said, ‘There is only one God. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.’ It is time for us as people of faith to live into those commandments, It is time to see ALL human beings as our neighbors. That is Biblical Obedience.”