The author of a recent article in The Mennonite, a monthly magazine for members of Mennonite Church USA, wonders if today’s same-sex marriage debate is a timeless biblical command or just one of the latest ‘wisely’ revised fresh perspectives of our culture.
“It is increasingly apparent that many Christians in covenanted same-sex unions manifest the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in their lives and ministries, just as Peter recognized the work of the Spirit in uncircumcised Cornelius. This witness is significant because the Holy Spirit’s presence suggests a life in faithful relationship with God and because the Holy Spirit often runs ahead of the churches’ formal decision-making. First came the Holy Spirit baptism of Cornelius and the irruption of the Gentile churches, followed by the Jerusalem Council’s process of discernment and authoritative decision.
Above all, it is clear that mutual, self-giving love can and does occur in a marriage between two Christians of the same gender, reflecting the union of Christ and the church.
That is, a couple of the same sex can meet the “sacramental” requirements of marriage, illuminating Christ’s presence and serving as a means of grace to the world. No less than heterosexual marriage, such unions can be exclusive, permanent and issue in shared lives of service to God.”
– Martin Shupack, 2014-06-01 ISSUE: Beyond dual[ing] narratives on same-sex marriage The Bible, experience and Christian charity allow for the exception of same-sex marriage. http://www.themennonite.org/issues/17-6/articles/Dualing_narratives_on_samesex_marriage
At this rate, where will the Mennonite Church USA be found on the following list?
Where Christian churches, other religions stand on gay marriage http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/06/18/where-christian-churches-stand-on-gay-marriage/
How soon until all the dialogue and ‘wise’ revisions puts more Mennonites adrift in the sea of politically correct compromise. . .
Presbyterians (USA) Vote to Allow Homosexual ‘Marriages’ by 3-1 Ratio http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=15681