Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Presbyterians Push Forward

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has approved the ordination of gays. Presbyterians have been debating the issue for 33 years. Their jaws must be exhausted.

The church will change its constitution to allow openly homosexual folks in same-sex relationships to be ordained as ministers.

Two years ago, the bulk of the church's regions, called presbyteries, voted no on ordaining openly gay ministerial wannabes. This time around enough of those presbyteries switched their votes to yes, which surprised church officials.

Was the turnaround a result of divine guidance? Nope, exhaustion.

The Rev. Gradye Parsons, the church's highest elected official, told The New York Times he thinks votes changed partly because church members are plain tired of this debate.

“We’ve been having this conversation for 33 years, and some people are ready to get to the other side of this decision,” said Parsons. “Some people are going to celebrate this day because they’ve worked for it for a long time, and some people will mourn this day because they think it’s a totally different understanding of Scripture than they have.”

The lesson in all this is gaining equality sometimes means waiting 'em out. Often when dealing with faith communities, we need to have the patience of Job. Or a Chicago Cubs fan.