United Methodist Reporter was kind enough to allow me to pen a response to the latest highly publicized same-sex marriage in North Carolina. Before writing the piece, I did reach out to Bishop Talbert and offer him an opportunity to comment or to make a statement for the piece. In the email I sent him I was upfront and honest telling him that the piece would be critical of the actions he took but not of him as an individual or as a Christian. He politely and graciously responded that he would chose not to as I had said from the outset that the piece would be critical of the decisions he had made.
Before you click on the link below, please understand that this is not a statement or argument about what the Bishop, others who have taken vows to god through the church, or indeed any Christian believes. This is about how you choose to act upon those beliefs. We accept acts of civil disobedience often enough, but it is also fair to ask if there is room for that in the church and what it should look like. As a people who are called out of the world and into the community of Christ, it seems to me that our protest and disagreement, in whatever form it takes. should be noticeably different than the world that we were called out of. We should also consider if the protests and disagreement of pastors and bishops should appear different. We all accept that we hold those who take vows to God through the church to a higher standard. Is it unreasonable to expect that, as a part of that higher standard, that their protest and disagreement looks differently than what we have seen?
At any rate, enough of the preamble. Take the time to read and as you do so ponder not about the beliefs involved for a moment, but in how those beliefs have been expressed. How we do things is just as important as why we do them. Read the piece from the United Methodist Reporter.