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Yesterday I bumped into an old acquaintance. He and his wife are still very active in their church.
I don't mean to imply that they are old when I say they are still very active in their church, I mean that unlike me, they never got fed up and left.
He invited me to give him a call and join their congregation one Sunday to see what they are all about.
"Well," I said, "I'd love to find a church that is inclusive and progressive."
"Oh yes, we are certainly that!" he said.
As we were chatting he told me how much better their church had become since they got rid of their last minister.
It seems the minister married a secretary.
I was puzzled for a moment.
Then I got it.
"You mean she married another woman!"
"Exactly!" he said.
Maybe it is because I was always too neurotic or self absorbed or insecure to find a husband for myself and I know how lonely being unattached can be,
or maybe it is because I now have two good friends who are lesbians, (The Gay Month of June 6/2/11),
or maybe it's because a few of my favourite relatives are gay
or maybe it is just the damned injustice of it all,
but I have to tell you, as much as I have a yearning to go back to church and be a part of a spiritual community I won't be calling him.
And I wonder when Christians will actually hear Christ's message.