The following is an exerpt from an article entitled "Is Not Love What Matters Most? Synod PJC Decision denies Same-Sex Couples Equal Marriage Rights in the Presbyterian Church (USA)" found on the More Light Presbyterians Website (which is a "a network of people seeking the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of faith in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA)):
"Several key matters are at stake with this case and decision. For a religious institution to cling to a binary view of gender is a failure of recognizing God's palette of creation. Our own hearts, human experience, the sciences and even our own spirits reveal to us that there is no simple notion of what is a man or a woman, or that love is limited to opposite sex hearts only. This decision reveals that our Church is out of step when it comes to recognizing and embracing all of God's good creation which includes God's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children and their families. God's good creation includes God's gift of sexuality and love which is not a possession of heterosexuals only."
1. Claiming "other than" a binary view of gender and suggesting "there is no simple notion of what is a man or a woman" not only opposes the Word of God (which states "So God created man ...male and female he created them", Gen 1:27; and which condemns males being effeminate, etc.), and opposes the wider testimony of history, humanity, and nature; but shows how departure from the authority and teaching of God's word can result in any view, and how delusional, blind, and off base people can become. Just think about it "there is no simple notion of what is a man or a woman." Is it not those who are confused who seek to bring confusion both to the issue and to debate.
2. When it comes to "love" and "sexuality", it's not a question of whether they are limited to "heterosexuals only", but whether as gifts and graces from God they are oriented, displayed, and enjoyed in keeping with God's purpose in giving them and for their use. It's no different than asking the question "Is money and financial freedom a possession of good stewards only?" The answer is no, both good stewards and bad stewards possess money and freedom to spend it how they will; however, that does not suggest that poor stewardship should be declared as God's pallete or intention for creation or that the church is out of step when it does not condone the preaching and practice of poor stewardship.
Friday, November 16, 2007
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