Wouldn’t it be nice?

April 7, 2006

Original Post Date:  4/7/06

Wouldn't it be nice if this debate on GLBT inclusion within our church were done?

What if we could focus on doing the good work of the Gospel instead of talking about who is qualified to do it?

I have a dream of two people, each deeply passionate but from opposite spectrums of this issue, working side by side in a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter, an orphanage.  Doing this work, I imagine these two people able to perform the good work that Christ called us to do.  Maybe they are even able to get along well during this mission work and able to put their differences aside while serving their community.

And I ask, why is this current debate so important for those willing to leave?  We read the Bible differently, I imagine on many other issues too.  But can't we accomplish so much more good together than apart?

Then I remember – this isn't about the interpretation of the Bible – maybe it is for the people in the pews and some of the clergy.  But for one or two of the main leaders of this rebellion against ecclesiastical and provincial authority, this is about power, one of the most corrupting forces in the universe, and about seeing differences instead of similarities.  And I wake up from my dream, and think of what could have been.

We may have a ways to go because others don't share my dream and would rather focus on who can serve instead of what the service should be, but we cannot lose hope.

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.  2 Cor 4:8-10

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