The following are part of my final remarks as Church Council President of my church:
"...from 2 Corinthians: “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?” With this tract in mind, I want to encourage everyone to give serious consideration to seceding from the United Church of Christ, to exist as a solely separate community church, which we pretty much are anyway, or even aligning with a more Biblically sound denomination. For my part, there is much that is wrong with the views of the UCC, but none so heretical as their support of homosexuality and gay marriage. I’m not going to go into details at this time except to say that since becoming a member and learning of the UCC’s position on this issue, I’ve studied it extensively and find no leg upon which they can firmly stand. They are wrong. Period. But, seceding is a serious matter and entails serious thought. So, think of what benefits we possess by our alignment with the UCC. What real difference to us would it make to break away, as over 200 congregations have done over this issue. I am not forgetting the possibility of negative consequences for Rev. M--- or Bob W--- and those are important considerations. I don’t expect this discussion to move quickly, as it likely shouldn’t. But I am convinced it is a discussion in which we need to engage ourselves. It matters as far as developing mission statements and how we present ourselves to the greater community and how we present ourselves as children of God. I haven’t thought much beyond merely broaching the subject. I have a few vague ideas about how to pursue this discussion. But for now, I’m merely planting the seed and hoping each of you consider it seriously, speaking amongst yourselves in whatever groups naturally occur and in time, we’ll see where it goes."
With that, and a congregational recitation of the Lord's Prayer, our annual meeting was adjourned and I stepped down as President (me and George Bush). Two terms lasting six years, while being Chairman of the Board of Elders most of that time. I will miss certain aspects, such as having a turn as Lay Leader for Sunday services, and of course certain aspects I'll be glad be rid of, such as petty complaints one shouldn't expect in a Christian setting. (Rev. M--- and Bob W--- are our pastor and another elder who is enroute to ordination.)
But the subject of leaving the UCC has been something I had been wanting to address for some time. The feeling would ebb and flow with events both personal and otherwise, but the UCC has a way of reminding one why they are worth leaving. After the Prop 8 was successfully and righteously adopted in California, I had learned that the UCC had spent church funds advertising in several "gay" publications showing support for defeating the measure. Now, say what you will about the morality or immorality of homosexual behavior, or say what you will about those who support their agenda, but to spend the money of people for whom the issue is so contentious goes beyond hubris. The UCC is a tool of the homosexual activists. Their position is, as I have said in my final remarks and elsewhere, counter-Biblical, and among the many other UCC positions with which I disagree, none are so blatantly so.
So, I've made my pitch. We'll see how this shags out in the days and weeks to come.