Monday, June 5, 2017
Clarifying Moment Comes to Blackhawk Presbytery
While I've been around long enough that I don't get bugged by it anymore, I used to have panic attacks whenever somebody would say, "Pastor, I'm not going to talk about it right now, but I'm going to bring up something at our next session meeting."
I've never liked ambushes since a close friend died in one not long after I graduated from high school.
That's why I've almost always alerted folks to interrogatives or exclamations that I'm gonna bring to meetings.
I don't like surprises...unless, you know, it's a favorite Cuban or the keys to a Ford 150 or something.
It's a Matthew 7:12 thing for me.
Recently, it came to my attention that lots of pastors in our denomination are more than allowing, applauding, and advocating same-sex nuptials.
Laced with an in-yo-face stench directed at evangelicals like me who used to be in the majority, they're boasting about it.
Indisputably, it's their right to preside at those rites in the PCUSA.
Evangelicals in the PCUSA are an increasingly decreasing and marginalized minority.
Anxiety is growing.
Hence, an emerging question for PCUSA evangelicals: "While pastors remaining in the franchise have acquiesced to the majority even if they think same-sex nuptials are an affront to over 2K years of Biblical, confessional, constitutional, historical, traditional, and common sense Christianity, how long will it be before those who say they won't can't keep ordinations/credentials in the franchise anymore?"
Blackhawk Presbytery, a regional part of the franchise, has a stated meeting next week.
Rather than ambush anybody, I'm going to ask two questions right now that I think must be answered sooner than later or more churches aren't going to wait anymore and exit:
1. Knowing the majority allows, applauds, and advocates same-sex nuptials, how does Blackhawk Presbytery regard candidates for ordination and pastors who feel called to our presbytery who don't?
2. If the highest court of our denomination mandates all pastors to allow, applaud, and advocate same-sex nuptials, how will Blackhawk Presbytery regard currently installed pastors who won't?
It's a clarifying moment for Blackhawk Presbytery.
Four churches have left Blackhawk Presbytery over the past few years: First Aurora, Kishwaukee, Westminster Aurora, and Bethany.
Essentially, they left because they're convinced the PCUSA has abandoned over 2K years of Biblical, confessional, constitutional, historical, traditional, and common sense Christianity.
For varieties of reasons - fainthearted to bravehearted - some, like me, have remained.
But there's a growing anxiety and...
A few assurances and answered questions may help.
Of course, privately, I've asked these questions.
Enough not said.
Blessings and Love!
Shatter the sound of silence!
Wake up! Look up! Stand up! Speak up! Act up for Jesus!
Salt! Shine! Leavenate!