This is from an “Iowa View” in the Des Moines Register written by Rev. Shannon Michael Pater, the senior pastor of the Urbandale United Church of Christ. I always love it how most “Iowa View” articles are written by liberals. I would have thought I was living in California or something.
The matrimonial altar is no place new for me. As a pastor, I’ve married nearly 100 couples. But on the first Saturday in June, I stood facing the other way. I walked down that familiar aisle to be married myself.
In the days and months leading up to our ceremony, we experienced all the standard pre-wedding jitters. We fretted and even argued about the photographer, the cake, the rings. But there was one worry that set us apart from most couples: We were afraid of protesters and placards. My beloved and I are the same sex.
This church was heading that way long before they hired a openly gay pastor. I remember doing a presentation there, and in their fellowship hall was a poster about God and it listed different names. Mother was one of the names that was on the poster. Also during this presentation several of the members were very concerned about how kids from other faiths were getting their spiritual needs met (like that is really our problem). I have never gotten that question before or since when sharing about SOY to a church group. I have addressed that question at civic groups before, but never in a church. I read the article and saw that Rev. Pater said that they didn’t have protests. This was probably due to it being done under the radar. I would also say it would be in bad taste to interrupt his political statement anyway (that is all it is since Iowa doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages). Rev. Pater has the right to participate in a meaningless ceremony, the fact it was done in a church does not mean it has God’s blessing.
I think the following verses apply:
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
and shrewd in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:20-21,ESV)
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