One of the things we discussed today was the fall-out of legalized gay marriage here in California. Evidently there are some homosexual activist-type groups that plan to press the issue as far as possible. Churches are being asked to marry gay couples and if they refuse they are being sued. Evidently they have a case, too, because civil rights trump religious rights in the eyes of the court. This is causing many churches to adopt clauses in their by-laws that state the church will only marry church members and even statements that specifically state that they won't marry active homosexuals. This is something that our church leadership will probably have to consider and wrestle with. I hate the implications of all this for churches. I don't like the idea of picking on one specific group of sinners in our by-laws. It'll be interesting to see how churches handle this - ours included.
Cluster & The Church's Response to Gay Marriage
A few times a year, the EFC pastors in certain areas get together for what we call Clusters. Our district superintendent, Gil Stieglitz, does a great job of encouraging and equipping us pastors in these casual round-table meetings. The East Bay Cluster is a great group of guys. I love the interaction. We do a lot of razzing each other. I love pastors.