— Rev. D. Norris, a 70-ish year old United Methodist Pastor
Surprise Ending of the Day: A Missouri reverend’s council presentation on gay rights goes exactly how you’d imagine until…oh, just wait for it.
Here’s the same thing I just posted a little while ago, but in a less mysterious format. I’m posting it again because of that last minute or two. They never stop being golden.
Snap, crackle, and Holy ghost.
When President Obama announced he now supports same-sex marriage, he cited his Christian faith. Many other people cited their religion to disagree. Why is there such variation? Part of it has to do with how you read the text.
Maybe it’s just my schooling, I don’t know, but when I read this little intro blurb ^ about the article, my immediate response was rather colorful. Summed up, it was: “NO F****ING DUH!”, which I then realized was a bit harsh. I’m just angry that more people haven’t figured out how easy it is to read things into the text, and interpret it in various ways. I love NPR, and I get the way society has been told to look at the Bible, but that last sentence (in the blurb) was just about the most obvious statement that could be made. Next to me saying “In order to live, part of it has to do with how you eat and breath.”
I have so many friends and colleagues attending right now, almost expected to read a name that I recognized. We even have podcast meetings lined up, where we can get together and watch the proceedings online. It feels like the Superbowl, but for the UMC, and people are actually affected by the outcomes.
Let me tell you, there are a lot of people sitting on the edge of their seats. We’ve reached a point where the tension over the subject is at its highest. If they leave Tampa without having made any change, I will be surprised and disappointed.