I was asked in a recent comment about how my theology has changed. What a great question! I think I can sum it all up by posting a Peanuts cartoon:
For most of my life, I have had to be right. I was trained in the “right” theology. I was taught the “right” way of thinking. It was drilled into my head that my theological persuasion was “right” and all of the others were wrong, or at least not quite right. That is the reason that I ended up in this place in my life! Being gay was not “right”!
But then I came to realize that there were other theologies out there. Those theologies used the same Bible that I did to come up with their views. There were people who used the Bible to prove that being gay was not a sin! This was so revolutionary for me that I had to open myself up to the idea that I might be wrong…and…they might be wrong! We ALL might be wrong! And if that is the case, if there is even the slightest chance that I might be wrong, then that possibility should change the way I think and the way I live.
So now, when I talk about Scripture or theology, I will give my opinions based on my understanding of Scripture. But I will also admit that I might be wrong. That one theological option…being open to being wrong…changes everything. So now I am free to wrestle with Scripture with others and to know that each of us must learn to stand before God and trust that as we read and interpret the Bible, we may be right…but we may be wrong. So let’s major on the majors and minor on the minors!
I can tell you what I WILL stand on: loving God with all my heart, soul, and strength, and loving my neighbor as myself. That is the Jesus Creed…and that is something I know I will never be wrong in if I focus on that!