same-sex marriage sealed – By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog
This morning, Nate Oman job what may be the most important and consequential piece of mormon theology I have long read about his Substack. In it, he explores if and how homosexual sealings might fit into Latter-day Saint theology.
Those of you familiar with Nate won’t be surprised to find that this is a thoughtful, careful, insightful, empathetic, and fundamentally faithful exploration. He takes as a reference D&A 9which both describes a stupor of thought as proof that what we are doing is not in accordance with God’s will and asks us to study the questions in our minds to determine what is right and then present our findings to the Lord for confirmation.
Nate doesn’t let ideas flow easily either. While acknowledging that the church’s treatment of the LGBTQ community does not appear fair or equitable, he does not view this, in and of itself, as a compelling theological argument for homosexual sealings. At the same time, he finds our hypothesis of “heterosexual elation” equally unfounded.
Instead, he advocates what I will call a theology of humility. It describes gaps in our understanding and application of sealings both today and throughout Church history, how these gaps undermine our easy assumptions, and why these gaps enable homosexual sealings.