I just read the following article: Lutherans to Allow Sexually Active Gays as Clergy.
In addition, the ELCA Adopts Full Communion Agreement with the United Methodist Church.
I am not sure how these are going to co-exist. According to the above article, “Full communion makes possible a variety of joint ministries, sharing of resources and interchangeability of clergy.”
How will clergy be interchangeable among the denominations if there is disagreement about whether a self-avowed, practicing homosexual can serve as a clergy person?
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Here is a comment are excerpts from a comment that I received on a post this month:
Andrew, I have something that I need to comment about and to ask your opinion on. I have two children that I love very much. My son is educated, kind and very well established in his profession. He is also gay, although not “looking” for a partner. He is very religious and in fact led us to COR. He has since been transferred [out of state] and I miss him so much. [He] has been influential in my spiritual growth by his deep faith in Jesus even though he is not accepted by most Christians. I must admit that I was one of the “holier than thou” people and I rejected him for several years. I so regret my actions. …
At first I thought God had surely turned His back on me since my two children were not the”norm”. I now feel chosen to have them in my family. I am blessed each day by having known them and feel called by God to have them in my family. I have grown to love so much more deeply by having known and loved them. Please pray for the World to love and accept them.
I do not have any better response on how to relate to your son than the one that you expressed already. I do not believe that one’s sexual orientation has a correlation to one’s discipleship nor necessarily to family relationships.
I believe that a person of any sexual orientation can be on the journey of becoming a deeply committed Christian.
I believe that a person of any sexual orientation can have positive relationships with family and friends.
How should one relate to a gay child? As you would relate to any of one’s children. Love, care and respect.