Donna Riley, a member of More Light Presbyterians, has written, “Heteronormativity and the Book of Order.” Looking toward the coming vote to replace “a man and a woman’ with ‘two people,” Riley is unhappy, although this will allow same gender marriage in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The unhappiness is caused by a strategic move to add the phrase, “traditionally one man and one woman,” to the words, “between two people.” Riley finds this “deeply problematic language to enshrine in our constitution.”Riley, who identifies as bi-sexual, had, in an earlier posting, written about the need to queer the traditional understanding of marriage. There seems to be a fear among LGBTQ people of losing their identity, which they seemingly find in sexuality, and being forced to conform to the traditional aspects of marriage even when it is redefined as being between any two persons.
Riley points back to another person’s article, “We didn’t queer the institution of marriage. It straightened us.” The author of the article, Hugh Ryan, quotes the original organization that formed from the Stonewall riot. That is, the Gay Liberation Front:
We are a revolutionary group of men and women formed with the realization that complete sexual liberation for all people cannot come about unless existing social institutions are abolished.All of these people are missing a profound truth. And Riley, who writes for an organization whose members call themselves by a religious name, is above all missing the truth. All Christians are called by Jesus, through his word, to be conformed, not to the sinful standards of this world, but to the person of their Lord. The LGBTQ community and their need for uniqueness are staring at an answer which has nothing at all to do with sexuality but has to do with the person of Jesus Christ who is the Holy One of God.
The homosexual community will find, eventually, the sameness and dullness that plagues those who constantly set their standards to match the prevailing culture. It doesn’t really matter whether it is outlandish costumes in a parade or a hamburger wrapped in rainbow paper, boredom will eventually prevail. The rainbows will eventually fade into the darkness of an empty soul whose only identity is wrapped in sexuality.But life lived under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, though it is for many of the peoples of the world harsh and painful, is filled with joy, peace and the knowledge that they are united with the Glory of God which never fades.
Jesus offers to the sinner, to all of us, forgiveness, his own righteousness, his presence and transformation into his likeness.Sure, walking with Jesus means dying to self, dying to our own lusts and desires, putting aside our plans for tomorrow in order to follow the one who came to be crucified. But to be allowed to walk in the love of the One who created us and died for us is an amazing gift. And while it does mean for some, Christian marriage between only a man and a woman and for all others singleness with chastity, it is, either way, a holy calling. A blessed calling.
Therefore I urge you brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)