The Martyrs, a men’s group, decided to continue last week’s discussion about Minnesota’s proposed marriage amendment that would ban, constitutionally, same gender marriage in the state. So that conversation will take place after watching an interview with Lewis Smedes, a former professor emeritus of theology and ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where he taught for more than twenty-five years. He was educated at Calvin College, where he also taught, Calvin Theological Seminary, and the Free University of Amsterdam. Smedes, who died in 2002, was an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church and most noted for his books on forgiveness.
Christianity Today, in an article that was published after Smedes’ death, quoted the President of Fuller Theological Seminary, Richard Mouw, as saying:
More than one of his former students has said that while his class lectures were unforgettable, it was worth coming to class just to hear his opening prayer.
This was a man of prayer with impeccable credentials as an Evangelical Christian, who loved Jesus and spent most of his life reflecting on ethics in relation to being a follower of Jesus. Many people can relate to his background and his struggle to understand the issue of homosexuality in the life of our various churches.
Not everyone, of course, will agree with his conclusions, which changed over time and are described in the video below. However, I hope that most of us will at least be able to appreciate these words of his near the end of this interview:
I know that a lot of churches besides mine are really wrestling, in all good conscience, with this issue. . . . I just want to say that my heart goes out to you in your wrestling because I know how hard it is.