Imagine a world where all our choices are governed by how it impacts our relationships. A world where politics, money, time commitments, job advancement, entertainment and all other endeavours were dependant upon how it impacted relationships.
Unfortunately, we do not live in a relationships first kind of world.
This is true for the church. Sometimes theological agenda’s and opinions get in the way of relationships with one another. If relationships are central to our interactions dehumanization of the other amidst disagreement would not happen. It is possible to have disagreement and still hold respect for one another.
Unfortunately this has been the case with the church and the LGBTQ community. The point is not to debate one side or the other. The point is the church has dropped the ball in a big way in how it relates to this community.
But what if, grounded in our love of God, we take relationships seriously?
By participating in the I’m Sorry Campaign created by the Marin Foundation two communities in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada did just that. A small group from Hope Mennonite Church, and Little Flowers attended the Pride Winnipeg parade to simply apologize and ask for forgiveness for the often dehumanizing and ostracizing stance the church has taken toward the LGBTQ community. (A beautiful story, read more about it here)
It was an act of humility. It was an act of repentance. It was an act of relationship.
This is a call for the church to take it’s relationships seriously. This is call for the church to create ritual’s that facilitate healthy relationships with one another and with God. This is a call to remember that merely saying sorry is not enough.
This is a call to repent, and participate in the will of God here on earth.
What does this look like for you? What if you put relationships first? How would things change? How does this connect with the passage below?
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’