This is my personal response to some who asked for my take on things.
We knew that however it ended up, a large number of people would feel hurt, scarred, betrayed and disillusioned. Another large group would feel those exact same things, and relieved. Everyone involved feels war torn. A sad state of affairs. It is not yet over.
As God is my witness, I try to surrender to God and not my own will, compulsions, nor changing societies, values, and trends. Jesus said He only did the Father’s will, and I want to be like Jesus, unashamed of the gospel.
My favorite uncle was gay, I have parishioners who are lesbian, and friends with other lifestyles and I love them as friends. We mutually understand that love does not always mean agreement in all matters.
Scripture says, “As far as it is up to you, be at peace with all.” We all need God. We all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.
My foundation and continuing guidance must be God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as revealed in scripture, illuminated by the Holy Spirit, discerned in study and groups of faithful Christians. For those among us who feel compelled to answer to God above all else, our hearts and minds must align with God.
My friends, even though I love you, I cannot agree with attitudes and actions of unrepentant, open disobedience and intentional disruption as experienced in public spaces, conferences, and social media.
Parts of scripture may be difficult to accept and apply in this time of socio-political upheavals. Still, it is disrespectful to God to misuse verses out of context to support popular ever changing opinion. Even Jesus set boundaries, and as the prime demonstration of love, He said, “Go and sin no more.”
Grace, truth, and peace be yours. RevDonnaH
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