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Homosexuality In The Umc Essay

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When I first signed up for this class, I incorrectly assumed that the term “borderlands” simply referred to a geographic location along the border of Texas and Mexico, and that we would be studying relations between those two cultures. Certainly, we as a class have studied that extensively. But, that is not the extent of borderlands. My understanding of borderlands was not altogether clear until near the end of the course. Through study and examination, I came to understand the concept of borderlands as “the relations between two groups of people whose cultures and ideas have converged who may have normally disagreed with each other.” This encompasses just about everyone we have talked about, and then some. This encompasses Father Boyle and Catholics in their relation to gangs in East Los Angeles. This encompasses the volatile relationship between the native traditions of Latin America and the Vatican. Additionally, this could also encompass the relationship between liberals and conservatives, Protestant or Catholic, or theists and atheists. Additionally, this encompasses the rocky and sometimes unpredictable relationship between the Methodist Church and the homosexual community, who has used narratives, counter narratives, and testimonies to fight for a voice in the United Methodist Church. This form of activism (or simply doing something) has resulted in a borderlands between both parties and a new understanding in the Methodist Church amongst some people concerning homosexuality.
For nearly the entirety of the existence of the Christian faith, many people have declared homosexual acts and relationships to be a sin, even an abomination. Verses such as Leviticus 18:22 (You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination), Leviticus 20:13 (If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads) and Jude 7 (In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire) all give credence to the condemnation of homosexuality in the Christian Church. People feel validated in calling this a sin. However, recently, critical thinking and the thinking of a large number of United Methodists has shifted. This can be seen as an example of the term “autohistoria” that Gloria Anzaldua uses, and is a history that refutes. In short, it is the exploration and declaration of different opinions that have traditionally been expressed. Now, after nearly two millennia of seeing homosexuality, or any forms of same sex relations as a sin, people have begun seeking and exploring for themselves. People such as Adam Hamilton, the leading voice in United Methodism, look at homosexuality “in much the same way that progressives in the nineteenth century looked at the Bible’s teaching on slavery. They...

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