Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The Church of Scotland Takes the Low Road

Disturbing news from the land of half of my ancestors as reported at The Wee Flea,
"The Church of Scotland has voted to allow its gay ministers to marry.
The General Assembly meeting in Edinburgh voted 339 votes to 215 to update church law to bring it in line with secular Scottish law. The church already recognised ministers and deacons in same-sex civil partnerships and has today extended that to cover same-sex marriage.
The Church said in a statement immediately after the vote that the decision “does not compromise the Church’s traditional view of marriage as a union between one man and one woman.”
And it does not mean church ministers will be able to register same-sex civil partnerships or solemnise same-sex marriages themselves."
I cannae believe that they would think that this does not compromise the Church's traditional view of marriage; of course it does! Let me distill it for them: Jesus in Matthew 19:4-6 teaches us,
“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’  and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?  So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
C'mon Scotland, Jesus' teachings themselves are compromised once you start teaching that a man can leave his father and mother to be united to another man.

Maybe the Church if Scotland is confused by an old tradition that the soul of a Scot who dies outside his homeland will find it's way back home by the spiritual road, or the low road, because the Church is certainly taking the low road on the same-sex marriage issue.

Here is a familiar song that was inspired by that tradition,
By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond
Me and my true love were ever wont to gae
On the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond 
Ye'll tak' the high road and I'll tak the low road
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye
But me and my true love will never meet again
On the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond 
'Twas there that we parted in yon shady glen
On the steep, steep side of Ben Lomond
Where in the purple hue the hieland hills we view
And the moon coming out in the gloaming
The wee birdies sing and the wild flowers spring
And in sunshine the waters are sleeping
But the broken heart it kens nae second spring again
And the waefu' may cease frae their greetin' - The Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond 1746. 

What's next? Same-sex marriage rites of course.

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