We had tornados here in the Twin Cities yesterday, including one that touched down no more than 3 blocks from where I worked in downtown Minneapolis. Alhamdulilah, the storm only caused some damage, a few injuries and no deaths.
The downtown tornado hit the Minneapolis Convention center. Meh, no big deal right? Ah, but the convention goers that day were the ELCA general assembly who were just about to consider church doctrine on homosexuality.
Now, I tend to be live and let live on the whole homosexuality/gay marriage thing here in the US. So long as the government allows me to practice my religion fully, I don’t see why I should have to impede on others who do not share my religious perspective (coincidentally, I just listened to this piece on my ipod today, very interesting).
Of course, each religious organization can make decisions as they see fit. But doesn’t it seem kind of like a sign from above that this would happen right before it was debated?
Two close calls marked the third day of the General Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on Wednesday. The nearly 2,000 Lutherans, media and activists assembled at the Minneapolis Convention Center took cover as a tornado nipped one side of the building and damaged the steeple of a Lutheran church across the street. A short time later, the 1,014 voting members would pass a social statement relaxing church doctrine on homosexuality with a dramatic vote that was exactly a two-thirds majority. One vote against would have killed the measure.
“We trust the weather is not a commentary on our work,” said the Rev. Steven Loy, who was chairing the committee on the social statement.
The coincidence was not overlooked by those present:
Later some of us were discussing in the pressroom whether the Almighty had sent a tornado to send the Lutherans a message. After all, one of the reporters said, the ELCA endured an electrical storm during one of their previous conventions — where human sexuality was also on the table – in Orlando.And if God was speaking, was anyone listening?
Looks like I’m one of those wacky religious right nutso now for having this thought even cross my mind.
Of course, it could also just be that God is a Packers fan, and was expressing His displeasure at Brett Favre.
In the interest of full disclosure, I was an ELCA Lutheran prior to my christian deconversion, subsequent universalist religious wandering and eventual acceptance of Islam.