August 12, 2007
It has just been reported that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has passed a resolution to restrain from punishing gay and lesbian ministers who are in a committed, same-gender relationship. Gay and lesbian ministers are encouraged to refrain from sexual relationships, but now there is an exception for those in committed partnerships.
The ELCA has been working on this for some time now, trying to reconcile the Biblical perspective of "accepting all people" with Biblical claims of homosexuality as sinful.
What they missed in passing this resolution, is that one must continue to be accepting of all people while instructing them in truth---such as that marriage is between one man and one woman, and that unmarried persons should practice celibacy.
This has surely been a very long, painful process for the ELCA. We should pray for the strife this will undoubtedly cause.