Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III speaks out about Marriage Equality:
Tell your brethren to live their faith and not try to legislate their faith. To recognize that the constitution protects us all. We must learn to be more than a one-issue community, and seek the beloved community where all may not agree, but we all recognize that we have the fingerprint of the divine upon our spirits.
There is no doubt that there are people who are same gender loving occupying prominent places in the church, but for the clergy to hide with a quick, demissive claim of poor biblical scholarship is as sinful as unthoughtful acceptance. When we make biblical claims without sound interpretation, we adopt doctrinal positions devoid of the love ethic. Deep faith may resonate in our position, but the ethic of love will always force you to re-examine and prayerfully reconsider your position.
That question that you got wrong, my brother, is the question that should be raised. Should all Americans have the same civil rights? This is a different question than what you raised, does the Church have the right to perform or not perform a religious rite. R – I – T – E. There is a different spelling between right and rite. These two questions are answered in different arenas. One in the pluralistic arena of civic debate, and the other in ecclesiastical counsels. I do not believe ecclesiastical counsels are equipped to shape civic legislations. Nor are civic legislators equipped to shape religious ritual and doctrine.
The institution of marriage is not under attack because of the president’s words. Marriage was under attack years ago when men viewed women as property, and children as trophies of their sexual prowess. Marriage is under attack by low wages, high incarceration and lack of education. Marriage is under attack by clergy who think nothing of stepping outside of the bounds of marriage to sleep with “preaching groupies”.
Same gender couples have not caused high divorce rate, but our adolescent views of relationships and our inability as a community to come to grips with the ethic of love and commitment we still mistake sex for love, and romance for commitment.
The economic crash, foreclosures, and attack upon health care were not caused by gay and lesbian citizens. Poor schools were not created by people who desire equal protection. We have much work to do. To claim the President of the United States (Obama) most hold your theological position is absurd. He is President of the United States not President of the Baptist Convention, not President or Bishop of the Sanctifies Church. He is called to protect those who are Jew and Gentile, Male and Female, Young and Old, Gay and Straight. We as the Church, if we dare steal away from the noise of this debate will be able to hear the voice of the prophet, that we are called to do justice, live mercy, and walk humbly with God.
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