It appears that the United Methodist Church has a lot to learn about the man they purport to follow. They might want to ask themselves, what would Jesus Do?
A few days ago we reported that Reverend Frank Shaeffer had been placed on trial by his church after a member learned that he had officiated in 2007 over his son’s marriage, in Massachusetts to his long time partner. The verdict and sentence are in and the pastor has been given 30 days to renounce his three gay children or be defrocked.
There you are, “Christianity” in action — not!
This is no more Christian than a Druid fertility rite. Jesus of Nazareth, the man these people claim to follow would never have asked a man to disown his child, nor would he condone anyone who doing so. He taught love and tolerance, not hatred and intolerance.
Reverend Shaeffer, to his credit continues to show them how a true Christian behaves, the temptation must be there to denounce these haters for what they are but he has not, he remains calm and steadfast in his conviction that he has done the right thing and vows to continue to do so. Holding his son’s hand, after his sentencing by the church jury he said:
“When I addressed the jury tonight I gave them every excuse in the book to defrock me immediately but that did not happen. Now I’m still wondering what it means, the conditions they’ve set. But I told them clearly that I can no longer be a silent supporter but that now I feel I have to be an advocate, an outspoken advocate for all lesbian, gay, transgendered and bisexual people. We must stop harming beloved children of God in the name of Christ. That is not what Christ asked us to do, he asked us to love our neighbor, he asked us to love and care for our neighbor. That’s what I’m here to do.”
It is doubtful that his words will have any effect on the bigots and haters who brought these spurious charges against him and went on to convict him. Anyone who would demand that a man disown his own children has no heart, no sense of decency and can surely not experience any kind of acceptance or tolerance for anyone who does not agree with him 100% in all things.
Reverend Shaeffer will surely be able to find another church with a congregation that lives in the real world of the 21st century and is not mired in unenlightened traditions born of ignorance in the dark ages. Being fired from this church of intolerance is a blessing.
h/t: Think Progress