Monday, August 31, 2009

Lutherans Join The Lemming Rush

We've seen Calvin's children stampeding off the cliff here and here. Luther's folks, not to be outdone, have decided to join them, per NPR.

Leaders of the nation's largest Lutheran church voted Friday to allow sexually active gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy.

Gays and lesbians are currently allowed to serve as ministers in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America only if they remain celibate. The proposal to change that passed with 68 percent approval.

The Reformed communities are basically turning into a sort of Modernist Studio 54. How weird. I'm sure Martin would be quite proud of his theological progeny.

Providing the punchline for all this foolishness:

The Rev. Katrina Foster, a pastor in the Metropolitan New York Synod, pointed out that the church has ordained woman and divorced people in violation of a literal interpretation of scripture.

"We can learn not to define ourselves by negation," Foster said. "By not only saying what we are against, which always seems to be the same — against gay people. We should be against poverty. I wish we were as zealous about that."

And so the sola scriptura merry-go-round has come full circle. "Scripture alone" is now admitted to be "my personal interpretation of Scripture alone." And the majority have no problem with that.

Weirdness abounds.

1 comment:

Roisin said...

And so they become as culturally irrelevant as the Episcopalians, etc.