I was delighted at the news that Ann Svenningsen was elected Bishop of the Minneapolis Area Synod. She's a very smart woman who comes to the position with a vast range of experience. She deserves it.
And then I read the comments on startribune.com. Wow! That an election can be the reason to start throwing stones and calling names! Catholics are bashing Lutherans. MS Lutherans are bashing ELCA Lutherans. Heterosexuals are bashing homosexuals. Everyone is throwing stones! PEOPLE! Where is Christ in all of this? The only thread of truth in all those comments is that we are ALL WRONG.
It's no wonder that non-Christians call us hypocrites! We are supposed to be united. We are supposed to lock arms and love all people the way Christ loves us. We are supposed to serve and show grace to the world. We are supposed to realize that NO ONE has all the answers. We are NOT supposed to judge.
Quoting the words of a theologian and member of my congregation: if you're going to draw a line in the sand, you can be sure Jesus is on the other side of it.
Jesus said, "Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone." (John 8:7) and he said, "Why worry about a speck in your friend's eye, when you have a log in your own?" (Matthew 7:3).
Stop dividing the church by trying to be right. None of us are right. Only God is right. Stop giving Christianity a bad name. Stop breaking God's heart.