We encourage those of you whose presbyteries have not yet voted to work diligently for its defeat in YOUR presbytery.Why? Because those who think that discrimination is a bad idea need to shut up. They say that "pastorally" of course:
It is time to accept the Church's decisionA little fact check. The "same outcome each time" is wishful thinking on their part. Since June 2008 the PC(USA) has made the most significant gains in equality for LGBT persons ever. Times are changing and they know it.
Since the 1970s the PC(USA) has heard, considered, and responded to appeals to change her standard of sexual morality. Those who wish to change the biblically-rooted standard have continually pressed the matter and required repeated votes that have had the same outcome each time. It is well past time to acknowledge that the Church today, as throughout her history, knows her mind on this matter, and that it is the mind of Christ. It is time to call for forbearance from those who constantly disturb the peace and unity of the church.
Now it is time to live out the decision pastorally, leading people out of our society's sexual confusion into repentance and newness of life.
This is the type of rhetoric we will hear from the right wing until and through General Assembly 2010. You will hear words like "pastoral" and phrases like "disturb the peace and unity" until you want to run off screaming into the darkness.
What does it mean to "disturb the peace and unity of the church?"
Since these folks like to use the Bible as a nightstick against LGBT people, here's the Bible back at ya:
11They have treated the wound of my people carelessly,
saying, ‘Peace, peace’,
when there is no peace.
12They acted shamefully, they committed abomination;
yet they were not at all ashamed,
they did not know how to blush. (Jeremiah 8:11-12)
They want to defend the "peace and unity of the church." What they call peace and unity is an abomination. It is the enshrining of discrimination, ignorance, and falsehoods as a so-called "biblically-rooted standard."
This is the kind of "peace" that needs disturbing.
The ones who are disturbing Christ's peace are those who continue to wound God's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people.
And they don't even know how to blush.