Yesterday, the 219th General Assembly of the PC(USA) pass on 2 bits of legislation for approval by local bodies.
First, ordination standards. Fidelity in marriage or celibacy has been removed. Homosexuals in committed relationships are now allowed to become ordained elders, deacons, and ministers. Passed by a fairly large margin.
Almost as a footnote to the above, however, is another vote to maintain the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. This also must be sent to the local presbyteries for a final vote.
Well, I honestly think I am done thinking about these issues. I know for some, these are the ONLY issues that matter, but for my part, I will stand in unity with the PC(USA). Whereas I disagree with some decisions and agree with others, it really doesn’t matter. I could leave the church, but what would be the point? Division? Meh. Faithful christians could stay a part of the church when Augustine came up with his just war theory, there wasn’t a mass exodus from the church. And as a result, many years later, there is now a burgeoning awareness that the church and war shouldn’t mix. If all the faithful split off in the 4th century, things would be different. I will remain in unity. Messy unity to be sure. Gay or straight, married or civilly united, lets fight injustice without violence. Lets bring sight to the blind, food to the hungry, gospel to the despairing.