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This is a profoundly bad take. The claim ”we have the Bible while you have pagan philosophy” is precisely the tool of the colonizers. And as Audre Lorde taught us, the master's tools will never dismantle the master’s house. #UMCGC #GC2019
Dr. Kulah’s remarks are deeply cynical. He knows the liberal Methodists are vocally critical of western colonialism. The problem is that the theological foundation that rejects LGBTQ inclusion is the same one that supports colonialism.
Or to put it another way, the theological framework that has led Christians in the west to critique colonialism is the very same one that has led to the embrace of our LGBTQ neighbors—along with the whole global church.
Kulah wants to frame this as Bible vs. the liberal west. The "Bible" here represents something ostensibly divine, acultural, universal, timeless, while the "liberal elite" are human, culturally confined, particular, historical.
It is not "western enlightenment" to recognize that the Bible is a product of a particular place and time, that every interpretation is culturally situated. Indeed, this recognition is at the heart of current intercultural theology seeking to decolonize Christian discourse.
Ironically, the claim that the Bible transcends culture and provides a universal worldview is itself a product of western enlightenment. Let's not forget that modernity arose with colonial empires with paternalistic claims of civilizing the natives with universal rational truth.
The critique of empire & coloniality is a critique of such universalism that acknowledges our cultural differences—both geographical differences from each other & temporal differences from the world of the Bible—and embraces the need for a multiplicity of cultural perspectives.
I'll say it again: the notion that the Bible provides a universal template for how all people should live is precisely the mentality of the colonizers.
What Kulah calls "western enlightenment" is simply the recognition that the Bible is a document of its time and can no more be universalized than our own cultural context today—which is actually the basis for deconstructing the arrogance of enlightenment white supremacy.
Colonial Christianity persists whenever someone claims that "my culture is the Bible's culture." Rejecting coloniality requires affirming difference. The surest way to embrace a decolonial Christianity is to embrace our LGBTQ+ friends and neighbors. /END
Coda: I just want to make sure we all realize that the One Church Plan never required churches to ordain or marry LGBTQ persons. The notion that western liberals were forcing some agenda onto conservatives is simply not true. #FakeNews
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