On the Via Media Methodist website, Rev. Paul Brown stated in a comment to me that the presenting issue over homosexuality is this one:
The issue is not whether sexual immorality is wrong, but whether loving, monogamous same sex relationships are sexually immoral.
I agree with him that this is the point of contention. I believe that the answer is not as gray as he and many progressive Methodists would have us believe. Scripture, over 3,000 years of Jewish-Christian teaching, the General Conference of the UMC and the bulk of Methodists around the world seem to be quite settled that same-sex sex is sexually immoral.
I want to ask a different question here and I would truly like to hear a progressive or reconciling United Methodist’s take on it. Imagine the above issue being framed this way:
The issue is not whether sexual immorality is wrong, but whether loving, monogamous incestuous relationships are sexually immoral.
Let’s assume for the purpose of this question that this is an adult father and daughter who have taken steps so that they cannot bear children (something gay couples cannot do as well).
If you are a pastor or lay person who affirms that homosexuality is a moral good, do you affirm the same for a loving, monogamous incestuous relationship? If you do, why? If not, then based on what authority?
Thanks for taking the time to consider this. I hope it brings forth some fruitful dialog.