What's the Message from the Church

With our denomination having recently approved an amendment allowing practicing homosexuals to be ordained as ministers within the church, there's been a lot of talk about what our congregation wants to do next: stay but be in willful disobedience of the denomination's tenets, jump ship to another denomination, or any number of new middle-ground options percolating around.

It's an important decision for a lot of important reasons, but for me it boils down to what will allow me to explain to a normal non-churched person (who couldn't care less about denominational finagling) why we're standing where we're standing.  The typical non-churched person, if they think about modern Christians at all, hears one of two messages regarding homosexuality and the church:

(1) Blanket condemnation because homosexuality is a sin.

(2) Loving acceptance because God is love.

These are simple positions to understand and they represent the totality of most people's perception of where the church is on this issue.  They are also damagingly wrong.

I don't know where we're going to end up as a congregation.  But wherever it is, I want to be able to explain, in simple terms, why we ended up there, and in doing so presented a better message than the two above regarding homosexuality and the church.

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