UCC -- Not What Jesus Would Do

Over the past weekend the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church in Christ (UCC) met for their annual conference meeting at the Green Lake Conference Center. (FYI, the national UCC church runs the Still Speaking ministry that puts out TV ads like the Ejector Seat and the Bouncers.)

Amid the discussion at the convention about growing the ministry of the church, the delegates approved a resolution opposing the constitutional ban on civil unions and marriage with an overwhelming 95% in support of the resolution.

You can read the full resolution here, but I think one of the best points the church made was in a “whereas” clause. That is a clause that offers support for the “resolved” portion of a resolution and sets the foundation for action. The UCC in Wisconsin said:
“WHEREAS this proposed amendment will write discrimination against same gender couples into our state constitution, thus violating Jesus’ criteria of fairness and love of neighbor; …”
WOW! There it is. A church has finally said it! This ban is not what Jesus would do!

Discrimination and unfairness violate so much of what Jesus taught and what his Gospel proclaims. Jesus told us all to love one another. In fact, he said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Read that again...“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

This means a true disciple of Christ, shows love to his fellow man. LOVE. The words of the proposed ban don’t sound like love, look like love, speak love, or show love. They show that we are willing to discriminate and drive an unfair division into the law of this land. Disciples of Christ, we are called to drive away those kinds of words and deeds and speak and show love.

Peace & love to you all,
-Eric

P.S. Check out Pastor Jim’s blog for another perspective on the meeting.

3 Comments:

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Ingrid Ankerson said...

Today's Capital Times has an article on the news: http://www.madison.com

 
At 8:29 PM, Blogger Tom in Rhinelander said...

Steven & lobbied our congregational delegates hard. I don't really think we needed to but we sent them a ton of stuff from the Fair Wisconsin website. Better to safe than sorry. Rev. Curt Anderson is a hero of mine even before we joined the UCC when we were Presbyterians. I wished I lived in Madison!

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Keith said...

God bless our UCC friends, but I am afraid the conservative denominations, even the gay-friendly ones, just roll their eyes at this resolution. It's a nice bit, but it is very much from the ultra-liberal UCC perspective. I am afraid it won't be very persuasive to the mainline.

"Radically inclusive love?" That's right, these folks want to radically change Jesus' definition of marriage.

"Still Speaking God?" Oh, yes, the Scriptures and the Catechism are still up for amendment.

"Jesus' criteria of fairness?" Apparently separating the sheep from the goats was a bad idea.

I'm still holding my breath for the Catholics or a group of non-ELCA evangelicals to issue a similar statement. How 'bout this...

Whereas Jesus calls every homosexual to a life of chastity, the State must not hinder the freedom of couples to establish a household legal framework.

Whereas the Inspired Word of God shows clearly that God calls His blessing on many household, including eunuchs and a Roman centurion and his boy, the State must not hinder these blessings.

Whereas Jesus separates the sheep from the goats on the basis of "what you have done to the least of these," we pray for the salvation of any soul who votes "yes" on this amendment that will crush widows and orphans.

 

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