Some Mennonite Thoughts for Today

I’m reading a book by Douglas Gehman, “White Picket Fences” (http://www.amazon.com/White-Picket-Fences-Mennonite-Adventures-ebook/dp/B00HS5TFDS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392411413&sr=8-1&keywords=douglas+gehman).  I will give a full review later but so far it is GREAT!.  Doug talks about his dad attending LMH and fighting against the dress code.  At the time, they all wore black and he put colored shoe strings in his shoes to rebel.  The school promptly added shoe strings to the dress code.   Somethings never change at the core. It could be girls wanting to wear jeans, earrings, make-up, long hair, or colored shoe strings.

I had a conversation with some Mennonite friends today.  We discussed how Mennonites (me included) hate confrontation.  The eldest in the crowd said “I’m also part Irish so don’t get me started!”.  I didn’t and we moved on to another discussion.

In reviewing my blog stats, I noticed that my post about Mennonite Drug Runners is the 2nd highest read on my blog.  Almost daily, someone pulls this article up.  It fascinates me why this is such an interesting topic but apparently it is.  It just goes to show that we never know what will draw interest when we are writing.

Mennonites have battled many subjects over the years.  The current battle of homosexuality is causing large waves and may end up splitting many churches off.  Lets continue to pray for God’s wisdom, grace, mercy and love.

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I feel bombarded with the issues of homosexuality.  It is constant.  Daily.  Everywhere I go and everything I do.  It is commented during the Olympics, football, TV, movies, church, news, everywhere.  I can’t get away from it.  In light of that, I will make a prediction:  In 10 or 20 years from now, the homosexual issue will be settled in the church and the church will wonder what the “big deal” was back in 2014.

Since we are all struggling to know God’s direction with this, let’s look at the subject from a slightly different angle.  This is certainly not exhaustive and I have not put any great research into it.

There are a variety of sexual related sins listed in the Bible: Fornication (sex before marriage), Adultery (sex outside of marriage), Remarriage after divorce, lust (basically the same as fornication and adultery in God’s eyes), and homosexuality.

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A step forward or a step backwards?

Lancaster County native will be first gay pastor to be licensed in the Mennonite Church USA

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Theda Good

 

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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 4:09 pm |Updated: 10:58 am, Sat Feb 1, 2014.

By ELIZABETH EISENSTADT-EVANS | Correspondent

Lancaster native Theda Good is at the center of a historic, and tense, moment for the Mennonite Church USA.

On Sunday, the Mountain States Conference will license Good, who is gay, for congregational ministry, making it the denomination’s first judicatory to take such action.  

As they ponder the implications of this move for the nation’s largest Mennonite body — the result of a 2002 merger of the (General Assembly) Mennonite Church and the General Conference Mennonite Church — judicatory leaders and church pastors find themselves in uncharted territory, as a tradition known for peacemaking  faces conflict in its midst.

Although Good — who did not want to be interviewed for this story — is being licensed for ministry thousands of miles away, the event is reverberating through Lancaster County, a historically traditional area that is home to a large minority of denomination members, and the conference where Good grew up.

The Colorado-based Mountain States Conference’s decision to commission Good, who is in a committed same-sex relationship, as pastor of nurture and fellowship at First Mennonite Church of Denver (Colo.) has been met with applause by some and deep unease by others.   

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/lifestyle/faith_and_values/lancaster-county-native-will-be-first-gay-pastor-to-be/article_0281ee3e-8abc-11e3-84d4-0017a43b2370.html