Monday, March 23, 2015

Presbyterians - Christians in Tune WIth Basic Rights

The Presbyterian Church (USA), the largest body of Presbyterians in the country, approved a change in the wording of its constitution to allow gay and lesbian weddings within the church. This ruling will go into effect on June 21.

The vote could splinter the organization more than it has already. The church has lost 37 percent of its membership since 1992. Most of the congregations that depart opt to affiliate with either the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) or a newer body called A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO for short). The formality of Tuesday’s decision could accelerate more departures.

Only hindsight may allow those who disagree to understand the trends of breaking down hierarchies that has persisted in this country for decades. Hierarchies that were once strong look ridiculous to us now, as resisting same sex marriage will look in fifty years.