Mary Jane Viar
Searching for Home
It seems that we all want the church to feel like home; in fact,
it may be a necessity if we are to effectively go about doing
God’s work through the church. But, is it possible with
such divergent opinions and strong-willed advocates on either
side for the church to exist as a home to all? ...
To "Loose" is
not to "Lose"
... You know where I'm going. I'm going to the place
where all of our churches are today being torn utterly in pieces,
and that is the discussion and the debate and the controversy
about homosexuality. It is tearing all of us apart. It is tearing
us apart partly because we have equated loosing and losing. The
people will say, "If we loose these condemnations, we will
lose the Bible." ...
The Rules of Engagement
But the Church? Shouldn't the Church be of one mind
about its doctrines? ...
Is Not Only in the Easy Places
Though there may be disagreement, there can also
Know, Must Choose
The Bible is full of people setting out into the
and Minds to Follow Where Law Has Led
... Our Church knows that everybody has a lens
-- you can't see without one. And every lens is different. We
don't all see the same thing, and we don't see things the same
Who is on the Lord's Side?
... For instance, at this stage in my
faith, I take a very open stand on all the religious issues surrounding
homosexuality. That hasn’t always been the case, and what
I once defended (even in print) as "right," I now believe
to be "wrong." In looking at the way my own faith has
moved (and homosexuality is not the only issue on which I’ve
done an about-face), I find the truth of Jesus' words that in
judging others we only judge ourselves. ...
Hearing the Voices
and Experiences of Others
... The issue has become a lightning rod,
drawing our attention and resources away from other issues
(poverty, hunger, disease, and the environment) and distracting
us from what Christ calls us to do (love our neighbors).
It’s hard to reconcile the widely divergent perspectives
we hear from those who claim to be people of faith. How do
we balance being open to the insights and perspectives of
others without becoming dependent and letting others guide
our lives? ...