No need to fear

Feb 18, 2014 by

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I appreciate the news and conversation we can have on the pages of MWR, in particular the recent letters concerning sexuality and the news that licensure will be offered to a gay pastor. As we reflect on following Christ, living biblically and the nature of our Creator, I’d like to point out that we are not all created male and female. To say that we are results in cutting off from their Creator a number of people born in a great variety of ways, not clearly physically male or female, or with chromosomal makeups that do not match the outer genitalia, and so forth.

Most of us don’t need to think about this. We think of what it looks like for us to follow Christ. As we live together and follow our Creator’s instruction to live as one body of Christ, we must listen to all among us. We need not be afraid of these differences in bodily form and expression if we learn to recognize and name the Spirit that is at work. The fruits of the Spirit are (say them with me!) love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We can learn to see with clarity when the fruit produced from sexual acts are misuse of power, position and influence, secrecy, unfaithfulness, lack of self-control, worship of ideas, and pain, such as happened in the Mennonite body of Christ with theologian John Howard Yoder’s sexual abuse of women, to name one instance from the news.

— Greta Leinbach Kreider, Harrisonburg, Va.

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