Bootstrap wrote:Sometimes I do think that "we have different hermeneutics" can be used as a way of shielding ourselves from Scripture, but no sound hermeneutic is going to embrace gay marriage. You can't bend the Greek that far and the cultural arguments are often made up out of whole cloth. I don't think people are going to exterminate us, but they are going to have a harder time understanding us. And we are going to have to figure out how to respond in love, faithfulness, and a deep trust in God.
Politicized sources are calling us to a very different kind of response.
I guess my statement of "we have different hermeneutics" is trying to resolve conflict - simply acknowledging that our two readings are different and really have no way to ever be resolved, and it's better to just talk about our hermeneutics. I would argue that a hermeneutic exists where one can flexibly read whatever they want to into scripture. It's not a good one, but it definitely exists.
I don't think people are going to exterminate us either; I am just trying to point out that people who have a big problem with my belief system and the conservative Anabaptist hermeneutic are asking us a people to stop existing, because who we are and what we are is a product of our hermeneutic.