We must learn to devote ourselves to doing good, and be ready to do whatever is good. (Titus 3:1,14)
Lord, help us to be prepared in heart, mind and body to do Your will today. Teach us to live good lives and cultivate goodness in our daily work and words as we move throughout our planned and unplanned activities. Sustain our commitments, strengthen our resolve and let Your grace empower and weave together our devotion to work, witness and worship You with all the fragments of our life today.
Local Clergy have spoken out with their support of the resolution with: The Inland Northwest Proclamation by the Inland Northwest Clergy for Inclusion, which states in no uncertain terms:
"Homosexuality is not a sickness, not a choice, and not a sin…We will not rest until they are greeted with full inclusion in all aspects of church and society….In repentance and obedience to the Holy Spirit, we stand in solidarity with those who are committed to work and pray for full acceptance and inclusion of LGBT persons in our churches and in our world." -http://spokanefavs.com/images/uploads/articles/The_Inland_Northwest_Proclamation.pdf
The video was in response to Piers Morgan’s show where Christian, Kirk Cameron said that homosexuality is “unnatural…I think that it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” As for marriage equality, Kirk Cameron said, “Marriage was defined by God a long time ago. Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve - one man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don’t think anyone else should either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”
Then popular missional church/emerging church author Diana Butler Bass wrote:
"Far too many churches are answering questions that few people are asking. This has left millions adrift, seeking answers to questions that religious institutions have largely failed to grasp….The old faith formulations were externally based, questions that could be answered by appealing to a book, authority, creed, or code. The new spiritual longings are internally derived, questions of engagement, authenticity, meaning, and relationship. The old questions required submission and obedience; the new questions require the transformation of our souls….These new questioners make up what I call America’s "exile" faith communities—the creative but often ignored Christians found in liberal mainline churches, emergent evangelical gatherings, and progressive Catholic circles. -http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/diana-butler-bass/a-resurrected-christianit_b_1410143.
Having warm feelings in our heart, good intentions in our head, and proper attitudes in our mind doesn’t clothe and feed the poor. We can have nice attitudes and still enjoy luxury. Behavior is the test. Jesus calls us to an upside-down kind of compassion that results in economic action.
“Senior ranking US military leaders have so distorted the truth when communicating with the US Congress and American people in regards to conditions on the ground in Afghanistan that the truth has become unrecognisable.” -Lieutenant-Colonel David Davis: