this is what you will have read not too long ago in a newspaper or magazine: “Two significant and influential Episcopal parishes in Virginia voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to depart the Episcopal Church and to affiliate with the Anglican Archbishop of Nigeria, a leader in a churchwide fight against homosexuality.”
this is what you did not learn, although the pursuits had been performed out in big numbers of houses for the period of the nation:
“Two righteous and devoted dad and mom in Florida (or Idaho or Kansas), Kenneth and Margaret, voted overwhelmingly on Sunday (or Friday or Wednesday) to disown their seventeen yr-ancient son Mark as a result of their principled dedication to the fight against homosexuality.
“The day after Mark confessed to his mom and dad that he was homosexual and had been mindful of that truth for at least 9 years, Mark’s belongings had been positioned on the entrance porch, including his guitar, his Eagle Scout award and his stamp assortment. ‘we can not give shelter to abomination,’ his father told him. ‘when you repent and turn from devil to the Lord, we will welcome you again into the household. However unless then, you aren’t ours.’
“Neighbors described young Mark as looking downcast as he piled his assets into a pal’s restored ’76 Chevy Impala.”
If our reporter had been able to follow Mark and give us occasional updates, we would read this. “Mark subsequently found out a larger household, a neighborhood that took him in and gave him love, self-esteem, excellent function items and aid, helping him create a lifetime of dignity and accomplishment. He and his associate attend a welcoming Episcopal church of their local.”
Or, our reporter might potentially supply us this bit of stories. “four years later, after a series of dangerous breaks, disappointing relationships and alcohol issues, Mark dedicated suicide. At the funeral, held now not in the church but in a funeral dwelling, Mark’s father quoted the well-known scripture, ‘The wages of sin is death.'”
The ripping apart of church buildings over the issue of homosexuality is a sad thing to look. But it pales in comparison to the ripping apart of households. We seem to our religious leaders for steering. Once they condemn our youngsters, we think we ought to condemn them as well. After they excommunicate our children, we believe our families ought to do the equal.
What if the One to whom all church buildings are committed grieves mightily at these divisions?
What if we all–churches and households alike–remembered that, within the phrases of Rabbi Harold Kushner, “The mission of any religion is to instruct us whom we’re required to like, no longer whom we’re entitled to hate.”
What if we truely used the high-quality power of all our religions to not divide, but to unite? What a headline that might make!