It is official. The ELCA has voted to approve practicing, i.e. non-celibate, homosexuals in committed relationships to serve in ministry.
This comes on the heels of the ELCA's resolution earlier this week to find ways to support members in "accountable lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships."
Here is what I fail to understand. Why the focus on monogamy? If the ELCA is willing to jetison the word of God on human relationships, why cling to His teaching on monogamy? Surely someone in the ELCA could make the argument that even those who bed-hop every night, both heterosexual and homosexual, should not be excluded from leading the church. Is this focus on monogamy an attempt to provide a veneer of respectability to such purely humanistic, anti-Christ practices?
I remember once seeing an action movie on network television. The network, in an attempt to clean up the language, dubbed one of the character's lines so that, after nearly being killed by the bad guys, he jumped up and appeared to say, "Let's go get the funsters." Now, I think we all know the original word was not "funsters." My position has always been, either bleep out the word entirely, or go for the gold and leave it in. Such halfway measures, well, let's see...what did Jesus say about halfway measures?
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (Revelation 3:15-16, NIV)
It would be more honest for the ELCA to abandon all pretense at following Jesus Christ than to attempt a smokescreen of faithfulness. It might as well go for the gold, so to speak, by openly embracing its apostasy and allowing monogamous and profligate homosexuals, profligate heterosexuals, and every other manner of sinful lifestyle to receive its blessing. Maintaining the pretense of faithfulness merely adds deceit to a list of corporate sins, a list that already is so long as to not need an addendum.
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