The decisions by the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly to
- “bear one another’s burdens, love the neighbor, and respect the bound consciences of all”,
- to find “ways to allow congregations that choose to do so to recognize, support, and hold publicly accountable life-long monogamous, same-gender relationships”,
- and find “a way for people in such publicly accountable lifelong, monogamous same-gender relationships to serve as rostered leaders of this church.”
are the reason some give for leaving the ELCA. There are claims that this decision does not take scripture seriously and overturns thousands of years of Christian tradition.
Two pastors I respect have written some very helpful articles for those who are open to understanding these decisions from a Bible-centered way. I recommend them to you.
The first is from Pastor Peter Marty and is here.
The second is from Timothy Wingert and is here.
Our goal with these decisions is to engage in respectful, honest conversation. I’ve stated often that we are blessed by people of different perspectives in congregations. I want to learn from people who are traditional in their understanding of scripture and from those who are non-traditional. I believe our faith is strengthened by the conversation.