And so it begins: With the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America deciding Friday to let sexually active gays become clergy, some churches have begun ditching the ECLA. At least cosmetically.
In Charleston, West Virginia, the Rev. Richard Mahan has blocked out the word “Lutheran” from his church sign (pictured). In Lindenhurst, outside Chicago, the reverend opened the service “with a cry of anguish.” Something called Lutheran CORE is worried the ruling will “open the door” to recognizing gay marriage. And some churches are too flummoxed, they won’t even speak about what happened last week.
We know, it’s difficult imaging Jesus could love all his children. These are frightening times!