Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Southern Baptist head vows never to perform same-sex unions

From the AP via the Houston Chronicle:

The president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination on Tuesday vowed never to officiate at a same-sex union, and the Southern Baptist Convention called on the U.S. Supreme Court not to declare a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

Pastor Ronnie Floyd was speaking to delegates at the convention's annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio. But he said his message was also for the U.S. Supreme Court — which is expected to rule within days on same-sex marriage — and for all of America.

Floyd said he has compassion for people whom he described as struggling with same-sex attraction, but he said it would be wrong to remain silent on the issue.

More here.

Ah, just give them time, I think. 

Flash back to the 1970s: Southern Baptist ministers would never, ever, ever officiate a wedding where the bride, or groom, or both, had been divorced.  That's probably still the SBC's official position.  But I also know that there are Southern Baptist ministers these days who will, in fact, re-marry people.

I mean, for that matter, the Southern Baptists eventually got around to apologizing for the theological stance that long served as their reason for existence, the belief God is cool with slavery.  I mean, it took well over a century for them to do it, but they finally did it.

All they need is for the overall culture to overwhelmingly embrace the idea they hate right now.  And they'll follow.  It might take a long time, but, mark my words, there will come a day when Southern Baptist ministers perform gay weddings.

It's going to happen.