Love ev­ery­one; don’t discriminate

RE: We all fall short of God’s tar­gets (Let­ter, July 26)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

I couldn’t help laugh­ing when I read “the Angli­can Church no longer reads the en­tire Bi­ble, dis­re­gard­ing the pas­sages that have be­come in­con­ve­nient.” How many peo­ple of faith ac­tu­ally hear cer­tain pas­sages dur­ing wor­ship pre­cisely due to the fact they are ir­rel­e­vant in ad­di­tion to in­con­ve­nient? Plenty of places in scrip­ture are known to make ref­er­ence to slav­ery, to give one top ex­am­ple.

Fur­ther­more, how­ever true or un­true it may be that we “all fall short of the glory of God,” it’s in­dis­putable that God sanc­tions same-sex mar­riage. If churches are sup­posed to be moral in­sti­tu­tions, I’m not sure why con­don­ing gay mar­riage ren­ders this con­tra­dic­tory, let alone im­pos­si­ble. Giv­ing peo­ple equal rights is com­pletely moral, es­pe­cially given God’s af­fir­ma­tions that all of hu­mankind was cre­ated in God’s im­age (Ge­n­e­sis 1:27).

How­ever in­con­ve­nient it is for some stricter Chris­tians to tol­er­ate, Angli­can­ism has come to the con­clu­sion that it’s happy to af­firm that the core duty of faith is to love ev­ery­one and not discriminate. If cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als are op­posed to that, then, lucky for them, they don’t have to be in­volved. Amy Soule, Hamil­ton

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