In addition, our faith work is shaped by the following key ideas:
- Jesus is central. – Christians disagree on many points of doctrine. We recognize that some of these points of disagreement are very important, but as an organization, we want to remain anchored in the person of Jesus Christ. We believe it is Jesus, not our varying doctrinal views, who unites us.
- Scripture is authoritative. – As an organization, we hold what is known as a “high view” of Scripture, in accordance with 2 Timothy 3:16. The resources we produce treat the Bible as theologically and morally authoritative for Christians, even as we wrestle with differing interpretations of the text.
- People are fallible. – This includes all of us as Christians. Understanding our own human fallibility requires that we remain humble in the face of disagreement and that we show others the grace that God has shown to us. Any of us can be wrong, even when we are certain we are not.
- God is merciful. – Our interactions with one another—Christian or not—should always reflect the infinite compassion and mercy of the One we serve. Any talk of “loving” our friends, neighbors, and enemies is cheap if it is not backed up by demonstrated mercy.
Because a chief area of focus for us is the relationship between Christians and the LGBTQ community, we also want to be clear about where we’re coming from in that regard. We believe:
- Being LGBTQ is not a choice. Many LGBTQ Christians have attempted to become straight and cisgender through “ex-gay” or “conversion” therapy, at great cost to themselves. These attempts have been ineffective and spiritually damaging.
- LGBTQ people have been wronged by many Christian communities and individuals. There are far too many examples of LGBTQ people being ostracized, kicked out of their homes and churches, or otherwise treated as issues rather than people. This is wrong. It hurts the cause of Christ, and it hurts people whom God loves. The global church must do a better job of caring for the LGBTQ Christians in our churches and our LGBTQ neighbors outside the church.
- Intelligent, devout Christians have sincerely come to different conclusions about how the Bible advises LGBTQ Christians to live their lives. This does not mean that there are no wrong answers; it simply means that there is sincere disagreement among Christians about what the right answers are.
- Given this disagreement, we must communicate with grace and nuance as we work together to better minister to those who have been hurt, and to ensure that the Body of Christ is representing Christ well.
Is Nuance Ministries affirming or non-affirming?
Because this is such a contentious conversation, many people worry about being “tricked” by a person or organization who seems to have one view and turns out to have a different one. So we’re happy to be explicit about this.
Nuance’s executive director, Justin Lee, is a gay Christian who holds an “affirming” view—that is, he supports same-sex marriage and plans to get married himself one day. That said, he frequently speaks to audiences on the other side.
Nuance, as an organization, works with people on both “Side A” (the “affirming” view) and “Side B” (the “traditional” or “non-affirming” view). We have representation from both sides on our board of directors and supporters on both sides. We do not believe this is a trivial disagreement; on the contrary, it’s because this disagreement matters so much that we are so committed to building bridges between the sides.