I am very happy to hear that the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) has voted to allow committed, sexually active gay clergy in the pulpit. My in-laws are heavily involved in the ELCA church. In fact, my sister-in-law and her husband are both ELCA ministers. My children attend an ELCA school. This issue has been swirling around the denomination for quite awhile and I am so glad to see that this has finally been approved. I am, though, very curious to see how our local church responds. I am hoping positively. One of the reasons we are comfortable sending our children there is its open and accepting atmosphere.
I am also proud of them for putting "Christian" love ahead of personal beliefs. I have often been astounded about how many Christians can profess so much hate towards a group of people. Where is the brotherly love? Where is the Jesus acceptance of all people? To me, the ELCA is taking a big step in the right direction. I hope all the congregations affiliated with them see this and don't jump to separate without really assessing their Christian values and the real motivations for their dissent. I also hope this encourages other denominations to really look into how they are following Jesus' path. In my opinion, love is not judgemental.