09 September 2009
By the light of the lake moon
It's always interesting what comes up in conversation around the campfire. Must be why we don't have campfires too often lately!
We didn't have many people at the campfire over the weekend, just my PIL and SIL. Somehow the conversation drifted to the ELCA and their recent vote on homosexual clergy. Actually, my husband asked my PIL and SIL what they thought of it since his family are all members of the ELCA. I grimaced when he asked the question. I dislike these types of conversations since we are always at odds with my in-laws on nearly everything. Especially these topics.
My SIL, who is surprisingly very active in her parish, went on at length (without really saying much) about how she disagreed with changing the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. Why? Because "the bible defines marriage as between a man and a woman." Calling it a civil union is fine, just don't call it marriage.
It took me a few minutes to get past the obvious and return to the conversation. If you're going to quote the bible and use it as your authority on things, take what it says as "gospel," then how can you so quickly discard it, still within the same breath, arguably within the same thought? If the bible says marriage is between a man and a woman and you hold firm on that, but then moving beyond what the bible says on marriage to what the bible says on homosexuality, you now contradict or conflict with your source, don't you have a problem?
More absurd was my MIL's respose to my SIL (her daughter). My MIL said, "I don't care (what they want to call civil unions)." I don't know if she's apathetic or is merely blinded by the empiricism or relativism of today's culture.
It was interesting to see how my MIL and SIL, both members of the same parish, disagreed with each other and neither could definitively say whether the other was right or wrong.
And to think we could've been sitting there blissfully eating smores.
Posted by swissmiss at 7:00 AM