Retrace | There are six passages in the Bible that are often used to harm and exclude people in the LGBTQIA+ community. In this series we will retrace these passages, diving into the context and cultures in which they are found. Through this process we may find that these passages aren’t condemning or shaming, but they illuminate our understanding of how we are to love one another and become a grace-infused people.
Hospitality and Harm | Genesis 19 | The story of Sodom being destroyed is one of the most common passages used to exclude and shame the LGBTQ+ community. Though this interpretation is largely critiqued, even by conservative scholars, there is still a stigma attached to this story. It’s violence and total disregard for human decency leaves us asking many questions.
But contrasted in the larger context of the story of Abraham, there’s possibly a different message for us. It’s more than a story of harm, warning us not to be power-hungry, violent people. But there’s a posture of hospitality we can learn from this story.
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