Shuck and Jive

Opinions expressed here are my own and do not represent the views of the congregation I joyfully serve. But my congregation loves me!

Monday, February 21, 2011

This Blog Post is Not Based on the Bible

I found the following on James McGrath's blog.

Ouch! But if the shoe fits...

James has a fine post, Trusting the Bible Vs. Trusting Human Reason.

He speaks against an argument I find leveled against those of us who advocate for equality for LGBT people in the church. We are accused of relying on "culture" or "human reason" as opposed to the "authority of scripture."

Creationists say the same thing. A church signboard in my community a couple of years ago had written upon it:
Evolution is manmade. Creation is Bible.
One can only marvel.

James points out that no one can even read the Bible without human reasoning. Do check out his post. I find it very good. In fact, I agree with him. It is pretty obvious.

For those who claim that there was some sort of supernatural agency active in the creation of the various biblical texts, it makes absolutely no difference in regards to what one does with the texts. You still have to use reason to read it and to convince another of what you think the text "means".

All of that said, I actually find the accusation that I rely on "human reasoning" to be a compliment. Yes I do, thank you very much. For most of the decisions I need to make in life, I don't use the Bible at all. It would be rather absurd to consult the Bible for advice or knowledge on virtually anything from cars to sex to evolution.

The irony is that those who claim to be "oh so biblical" don't make decisions based on the Bible either. They just say that they do. The only time I really find people using the Bible is when they quote a verse to uphold an opinion they picked up from somewhere else.

The claim that someone's opinion is based on the "authority of scripture" while another's is not appears to me to be little more than disingenuous piety.

I am game for reading the Bible as much as my pious brethren. I preach from it on a fairly regular basis. I have several shelves of books about the Bible (some that I have even read).

But at the end of the day, I refuse to let the Bible be an excuse for not owning up to my own opinion.