NEW YORK — On Rebecca T. Stern’s to-do list when she returned to campus this fall was reviewing her class schedule, buying last minute school supplies and scrolling through the Students for Justice in Palestine Facebook page. As president of an Israel advocacy group called TorchPAC, the New York University communications major makes it her business to see what rhetoric might be making the rounds and whether her club needs to respond. One item jumped out: the “Disorientation Guide for the Corporate University.” Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up
I understand the deep need that LGBT people have to be loved and accepted by people outside of their group. It is the same need people in any other outcast group in society has, such as: the homeless, ex-convicts, drug addicts, people who were abused as children, refugees, etc. I truly am glad to have a faith background, such as the Mennonite one, which seeks to love these and bring them in to the Kingdom of God. Yet sometimes this zeal also can go overboard. While seeing the brokenness, the imperfection caused by sin, traditionally it has meant we reach out in love to bring them to God, who is truth, but never denying that which is true (for example: God does not desire people to be addicted to drugs, or be homeless). And we know these things based on that which has been revealed (Bible), and seeing the devastation that the contrary brings. Though it is not a highly discussed topic in the Bible, I cannot see how one could ignore this topic. It is as if Romans 1:26-27 does not exist anymore?! (I know other churches aren’t perfect in their inclusion of all things which God says in the Bible either, but I still think it is no excuse to take any subject lighter). If Mr. Wenger is really wanting a godly sexuality that is wholesome, then let’s sincerely seek of God that definition, not of man.
Having a clear conscience is not necessarily a sign that is the will of God. People who have adopted certain lifestyles (such as stealing, lying, etc.) will also say they have a clear conscience, because they have convinced themselves of their necessity to do it, and have implemented an override mechanism that bypasses their conscience in that area.
I truly believe that, as Mennonites who have also found a “third way” in subject of peace which is congruent with the Bible, we can find a “third way” in this subject which is congruent with the Bible. I mean this in the sense that we are not for the condemnation of people who consider themselves LGBT, but believe that God is stronger than those desires, and can heal. God is a healer. Being that He has healed people of other unnatural mindsets (such as believing that the need for sex is greater than being faithful to ones spouse, that alcohol is a greater comforter than the Holy Spirit, etc.), I believe he can heal of this unnatural mindset.
Now, it took willing and extremely loving people to work with many of these outcast groups. And that is still what we need. And one must admit, people who have worked with outcast have also learned many a thing from these people. And that still is the case with the LGBT group. We can learn many a thing from them. But we must be clear: it does not validate the erroneous mindset and actions. Example: A person who was abused as a child comes into an erroneous mindset, sets up defense mechanisms which protect them to a degree, but are harmful in the long run. They have learned things in the process, and we can learn many of those things from them while being an instrument of restoration in God’s hands. It still does not mean that it was originally God’s will for those things to happen, or that the person stay in such mindset. We can learn a lot through experiences that in an ideal world would not happen. But God is calling us to not settle and become complacent in this imperfection. He told us to pray: “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. So let’s do that!
In September 2014, Cuauhtemoc Escobedo Tejada, legislative member of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) announced that a civil unions bill and possibly a same-sex marriage initiative were to be introduced by the Governor of the state for consideration. Escobeda Tejada further announced that if the Governor did not introduce a bill, the PRD would.  On 4 November 2014, Escobedo presented a civil unions initiative arguing that "marriage means protection to the mother, matrem, monium, protect, care for the mother," which is an insufficient concept for a civil contract which defines a partnership for "living together, forming a heritage, having children if they wish, and dealing with situations that arise for a couple." He acknowledged that a citizen's initiative on same-sex marriage had been presented a few weeks prior to his initiative.  Debate on three initiatives with different schemes for marriage and civil unions began on 21 November 2014.