I don't expect you to understand - and that's not a put down. You've been more than clear about your position concerning God, church and people of faith. I don't hold any of that against you. But I will say, you have shown some ignorance when it comes to understanding those of us who take our faith seriously.
My faith is not shaken by this. As a matter of fact, I'm quite open to many other possibilities. I do know one thing, I will stay away from the conservative evangelical churches or traditions...even though I have many friends who hold to those viewpoints. I'm sorry that this one issue has torn church's and faith based organizations, like World Vision, to sacrifice their integrity.
The pastor and I have one thing in common, we both have lesbian sisters, who have been in loving relationships for many years. We both adore and love our sisters. He said he would love to come to the conclusion I have. But after reading many books on the subject over the past 20 years, he simply hasn't been convinced. I told him, I too, have read many books, talked with my sister in depth and her partner and others in the gay and lesbian community, as well as other pastors and clergy, but have come to a different conclusion.
Broadway- This summer my church's denomination will be voting on how to proceed with the possible ordination of gays and lesbians. They will also vote on how they want to frame marriage. No matter what decision comes down, people will leave the church based on that vote. But others, will also come to some of those church's as well. It's always been the nature of beast.
So my departure is about not compromising my own integrity and core values. My former pastor actually agreed with me and then asked about what my future with the church would be. That's when I told him I'm taking a break. But, it is a break from what I had been doing. I'm still doing some church related things for this Easter season, just not at my church.
Posted on March 27, 2014 - 11:24 PM