The American Presbyterian Church has decided that, starting June 21, gay is okay.
The church’s General Assembly endorsed a change in the definition of marriage. Up to now it has been defined as a commitment between a man and a woman. Starting in June it will be a commitment between “two people.” The denomination has about 1.8 million members and is now the largest denomination to authorize gay weddings worldwide.
This, of course, is not shocking. I wasn’t surprised when I read it. This is the way the world is heading.
The reason I’m writing about it is because of a comment I read from a Presbyterian Church leader. He said, basically, that there was a great concern about what the church’s membership would think. Obviously, there are Presbyterians who disagree with this decision. Will they or won’t they leave the church? Time will tell.
Rather than worrying about what the membership thinks, I’d like to see the Presbyterian leadership worry about what God thinks. In fact, I’d like to see leaders in all churches give some serious thought to what God thinks.
Last year I attended a church that offered a marvelously slick worship service. But the music was so loud and distorted I couldn’t understand the words (thankfully, they were on the screen), the sermon was very positive, highly motivational, and hilariously funny but made no mention of Christ, there was a rushed communion service that would have confused me if I hadn’t already known the purpose of the Lord’s Supper, there was no encouragement to accept Christ, and I couldn’t find a single bit of direction in the bulletin on what to do if I had an interest in accepting Christ. After the service, I wandered around the lobby and finally found a literature rack in an out-of-the-way corner. In that rack was a brochure that outlined what to do if you want to become a Christian.
Maybe I was there on an abnormal Sunday, but it struck me that you really have to work to find Jesus in that church. You can find well-rehearsed music, motivational quips, hilarious jokes, and friendly people, but if you’re looking for Jesus, you’ve got your work cut out for you.
I know we’re all concerned about being relevant and cool, but do we ever just stop and ask ourselves what God thinks of what we’re doing? I have a feeling that God is not all that impressed with any church operation that relegates his Son to an out-of-the-way corner, no matter how slick and “relevant” it is.