I just received an email from the staff of our governing body known as the Presbytery. Our national church decided not to recognize same gender marriages but, instead, invited us once again to study the issue for two years. Our Executive Presbyter put it this way:
“I am convinced the body of Christ, gathered in that place, exhibited the wisdom only known in being led by the Spirit that was in Jesus Christ. Just one illustration of this truth was in 220th GA’s action not to change the definition of marriage but rather to have the Office of Theology and Worship prepare and distribute materials to churches and presbyteries for engaged study during the next two years.”
I assume she meant she was glad that our decision would have a theological basis. But those words made me grateful that Jesus didn’t come to the Presbyterians and say “follow me” because, if he had, I fear we’d still be studying the issue. I wonder if civil rights had been in the hands of of the Presbyterian denomination if we would have found our courage by now? I am sick to the death of people who see themselves as moderate and fair, but do not realize that our GLBT brothers and sisters are locked out the whole time we are studying whether they are worthy to be who they truly are in our midst. When we do not stand up for the oppressed, we are not neutral, we have sided with the oppressor. To claim we are withholding justice to our brothers and sisters under the guidance of the Holy Spirit seems particularly egregious.
Thank you Jim Rigby! I still want to know how the ordinance to ban gays and lesbians – from service to the church-back in the 90’s got put in the book of Order so fast.Evidently some Presbyterians can move fast when they want to.I do not think that ordinance had been studied for years-I have been a Presbyterian forever-don’t remember that study-and I have been paying attention.
Great point. The church hierarchy sure wasn’t so concerned about being pastoral and patient when this got crammed down our throats. I agree in being pastoral, but you aren’t really having a dialogue if the people most affected by the topic have been locked out of the room.