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Friday, April 22, 2011

This Makes Me Sad

Nate Silver is one of the people I trust when it comes to statistics. He has announced recently that it is fair to say a majority of Americans support marriage equality. Story here.

"But, Jim," you may ask, " are you not on the leadership council of the Gay Lesbian and Affirming Disciples (GLAD) Alliance and of Chalice Christian Church (an O&A congregation, really since its inception)?" "And, by the way, don't both these organizations have exciting new webpages?" you might add as a shameless plug.

Yes, to both I would respond. The reason this information makes me sad is that it makes me feel the Church Universal lost a crucial opportunity to be a leader for Justice in the way that Jesus was a leader for Justice. In one of the two civil rights struggles of our age, it is only fair to say that the church for the most part sat on the sidelines. Frankly, GLAD's work will be to help Disciple churches catch up with the more Christ-like position that secular society has already staked out.

Of course, this was true back when the trend lines were moving this direction. And 50% in support of justice is 50% shy of the target and whatnot. I just wish the church could have been more a part of this as it was the 1960's civil rights movement.

So, let's do the clean up work of purging archaic anti-Christian views of people based on orientation. And let's get in front of immigrant rights and maybe the environment.