Scapegoat for sin

Apr 14, 2014 by

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Whether or not we believe loving, committed, same-sex relationships are sinful, how is it possible that we can divide the church by choosing this one “sin”? Jesus said nothing about same-sex love but warned of lust, divorce and adultery. If these sins were the test for membership, would we even have a Mennonite Church USA? We’re kidding ourselves if we believe only “they” don’t pass the purity test, because neither do “we.” Loving, committed same-sex relationships do not belong in the category of sin. They are entirely different from the same-sex sins addressed in the seven biblical passages cited by opponents of homosexual relationships. The real sin is to marginalize the LGBTQ community. They’ve become a scapegoat for all the sins of MC USA. We could change our policy to state: “Trusting the Holy Spirit to work in and through our different understandings, those churches that feel called to welcome all to the table in membership and leadership may do so, while those that feel called to not welcome all may likewise follow their conviction.”

Carolyn Hoover
Fresno, Calif.

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