Thank you for all your prayers!
There is going to be a free vote tomorrow on whether civil partnerships will be upgraded to marriage for LGBT couples in the U.K.
While weddings in churches (aside from Unitarian and Quaker) will be off the cards for a while this is a big step forward to full equality!
Prayers for wisdom, for thought and for open mindedness for those voting in Parliament tomorrow! And prayer for those of us here to accept the outcome, whatever it may be.
- Conservative: I love you so I'm going to vote 'no' on gay marriage.
- Gay Christian: Oh thank you! I was worried I might end up in a happily committed and Christ-centred relationship with my would-be spouse of the same sex! God bless you for selflessly treating His children, including myself, differently based on what you personally approve of regardless of whether or not your beliefs are even remotely founded on Scripture!
And I am sorry to say that he is anti-equality.
As some of you know, my ultimate hope is that GCI grows to rival the size of GCN as an organization and become a physically present body and not just a blog. So I have undertaken the responsibility of contacting pastors within my region and seeing what I can give to the next editor in the form of advice and organization influence and maybe even finances. So far I have only spoken to my Church (SDFC) on Nazarenes for Equality and the Presbyterian church I mentioned before. But as you can imagine the going is slow, but not unworkable.
But back to my discussion regarding the Presbyterian pastor.
He does come from a very conservative generation and when I spoke to him, he didn’t seem to have ever truly encountered an opposing argument (he has met Mel White and knows of More Light Presbyterians, however) that was well formed. When I spoke with him, did not seem to be able to retort to most of my points. Instead, he occasionally resorted to conjecture or simply did not have a counter-argument.
Considering that he attended Seminary in the 70’s, it is not suprising this is the case.
But he was very loving and civilized no less, and I do pray that I helped plant the seeds of understanding with him from our discussion!