In the wake of renown evangelical theologian John Piper’s haughty rant about a tornado being God’s judgement on the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s (ELCA) pending vote to ordinate gay clergy, an hour ago the ELCA voted to officially affirm partnered gay ministers. This makes the third denomination to do so, following the Episcopal Church and the United Church of Christ. Here is a quick overview of tonight’s ruling by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
The ELCA’s affirmation is the most “surprising” of the three thus far, but it is still a far cry from any conservative denomination to make such a move. Do you think (like it seems with gay marriage throughout the country) that this movement will continue past the traditionally ‘liberal’ denominations and States; moving also to traditionally conservative ones as well?
As is part of my message to conservatives with gay marriage as well:
Is this about the fight in convincing the other side you’re right, or is it about learning how to peacefully and productively live in a culture where gay marriage and ordination are (at least in 3 denominations) an accepted piece of the puzzle that is faith, sexuality and culture?
What do you think, and how should each side of the bridge move forward? Are you in an ELCA church? What are your thoughts?