It is past time for the church to get itself on the side of God's love in the matter of same-sex relationships.

This is a cross post from my Facebook.

I rarely post on Facebook, but some things must be said.

For those not in the know, this is in response to the just-concluded meeting of the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

If response to…/synod-appoints-committee-study-huma… I commented,

Yesterday was my 66th birthday; in five years I will be 71. Five years is a long time. This committee is too little, too late.

I find it ironic that synod could piously lament the evil events of Orlando then continue to fuel the hatred with our unending wrangling and finely-nuanced distinctions. The same-sex-marriage committee report, especially with the minority clarifications, flowed directly out of the previous synodical decisions. In accepting the clarifications while rejecting the body of the report, synod has turned its back on openness and welcoming that even the previous reports had.

The Bible is an extremely messy book. Such is its beauty and power. We don't like that. We like things tidy, even when it means turning our back on our neighbors.

The Heidelberg Catechism correctly recognizes "love God above all and your neighbor as yourself." It is past time for us to put our hesitations aside and get ourselves on the side of God's love.

Steve, who up to this point has been a life-long member of the CRCNA