Monday, June 20, 2005

The Reformed Church in America: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.

On Saturday morning, I got several emails regarding a Rev. Norman Kansfield. Rev. Kansfield is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America and was until recently president of one of the denomination's seminaries in New Jersey. Norm has a daughter who is lesbian and lives in Massachusetts. You all know where this is going. Last year, he married his daughter to the woman she loved. His reward for this was being let go of his job and as of Friday night suspended from ministry and stripped of his status as a professor of theology in the church. The suspension can be lifted-if his views fall in line with church teaching. (For more info on the RCA's position on homosexuality, please go here.)

I happen to know Norm. We've never met in person, but we have chatted by phone and email. He's sent me mailings of interesting theological articles. So for me, this is personal. Again I have to ask, what is so moral about going after a pastor who married his daughter? If he had disowned his daughter, would that have been lionized?

It's disgusting what people do in the name of Christ.


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