On June 26th, the Supreme Court redefined civil marriage to include same-sex relationships. This momentous ruling will have significant repercussions for our society and for the Church. Regardless of whether you wept over this ruling or celebrated it, we must all face the reality that the new legal definition of marriage contravenes the traditional and Christian understanding of marriage. Many of us are not quite sure how we should respond. Some of us have been too quick to respond.
Thankfully, our bishops have given us their godly counsel and insight as to how we should respond to this new reality. There are three resources the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America has commended to every parish. All three of these resources are available on the ACNA website (www.anglicanchurch.net). First, they have provided a Litany for Marriage to guide our prayers at this time. Second, they have issued a clear and concise teaching document that provides the Christian (and Anglican) understanding of the nature of marriage. Third, they issued a public statement. We have hardcopies of the statement available for every parishioner at Ascension. We encourage you to take a copy home and reflect on it.
Especially during this time when it seems like everyone in our culture is talking about love, it is important that we cling to the Christian understanding of love found in Scripture: “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:4–7). May all people know we are Christians by our love.
The July Ascent, our monthly newsletter, is available here. Read about a new staff appointment and a new service, the work of the Organ Restoration Task Force, the Parish Retreat, ministry profiles, upcoming events and more!
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