We have gotten ourselves into quite the connundrum. Somehow, the Church has been split into sides, and we can't seem to stop fighting each other. Some people seem to know what we're fighting about; they call it "purity" and "biblical truth," or "inclusion" and "love." I'm not so sure anymore. It seems to me that we're fighting over what people usually fight over, regardless of the issue: who gets to be right. And even more than that, who gets to force everyone else to go along with them.
The thing about these sides is, they keep us from actually talking, not only to the "other side," but even to those within "our side." They keep us firmly entrenched exactly where we are. Progress, change, and even exploration is the fastest way to get yourself firmly rejected from either side.
I'm trying to be honest in all of this. I'm trying to be honest about Scripture - all of it as a whole, not just isolated proof-texts - and about my experience of life, which is the only lens I have.
But somehow, I've ended up in a damned if I do, damned if I don't situation. Even writing this blog post is bound to be a massive tactical error.