OurÂ newspaper, the Fargo Forum,Â published a letter todayÂ from a local Presbyterian pastor.Â Â I read his letter as a chilling endorsement ofÂ Christian right’s version of the caste system.
Those who oppose ordaining gays, such as he himself and the majority of Presbyterian churches in this area, he wrote,Â come from a “…broad spectrum of theological and political beliefs within the church.”Â Â It’sÂ hard to believeÂ this is so.Â He believesÂ the measure passed by the national Presbyterian ChurchÂ allowingÂ local units to ordain gays should not be met with rejoicing, butÂ with “…a request for God’s… forgiveness.”
He also reiterated the usual disclaimer that the opposition to gay pastors does not reflect a dislike for gay people.Â It has to do “…with whether or not Scripture is the church’s one and only rule of faith and life.”Â He wentÂ on to say that giving humans the right to make up their own minds about what the Scriptures mean is a form of “idolatry”.
A long time ago I served a few years as a deacon in our local Presbyterian church.Â The only siginificant task weÂ performed was to chat with church members in nursing homes.
The great anti-sin axe has fallen here as well. Since one is “ordained” to be a deacon,Â no gays in relationships are allowedÂ to perform this kind act.
I can’t help but feel a little guilty that I was an active member of a denomination that, in some locations, stillÂ considers gay people as the untouchables.