When the Bible speaks of ALL, it is neither an option nor a grammatical error open for further interpretation or negotiation. It means everyone. Christ is not the registered trade name or exclusive franchise of Christianity, just as water is not the sole possession of some singular bottling company. Christ is not confined to one system of faith such as Christianity, just like the ocean is not confined to the Indian or Pacific basins. Just as the ocean has many tributaries yet
The push for religious freedom is rising. It is coming to a head in Australian politics and is being debated abroad in other western democracies. Support for LGBTQI+ affirmation and acceptance in society and in our churches has happened so quickly that it has taken many of us by surprise. Major problems have arisen, particularly around legislation, largely because we are still trying to get our heads around the changes and what they mean for us corporately and individually.