Recently, Pastor Eugene Peterson gave an interview in which he made some comments regarding a willingness to marry same-sex couples, and then taking back his answer after some time of reflection. Some people have reacted strongly both ways to the interview, but as someone who has been helped by his work, I found this article really, really relatable.
“As I’ve grown older, several standards I’ve embraced “on paper” have had to work out in the context of real people. What was easy to proclaim at a distance became complicated sitting with my arm wrapped around the grieving and the dying. Getting down in the trenches has made me ask different sorts of questions.
I have emerged from those struggles holding to orthodoxy–but those convictions haven’t come cheap.
I trust God’s boundaries now, but I trust them as someone who has doubted them and found them solid and kind. And, I can see why someone like Mr. Peterson was caught off guard if he has lived taking the risk of loving at close range.”