Lately the Church’s “new” guidelines. I was going to leave it alone and let it play out but I feel at this point it is something I should comment on. In light of the Supreme Court decision the church felt the need to address the legality of the country and the laws of the church.
Recently, the Church decided that children of homosexual parents should wait until their 18th birthday to be baptized. To say reactions are vast would be a gross understatement.
I want to explain what this “new” rule was and how it really impacts people.
The Church put out a statement saying,
Dear Brethren and Sisters:
The Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles provides the following guidance in applying provisions on same-gender marriage recently added to Handbook 1:
Revealed doctrine is clear that families are eternal in nature and purpose. We are obligated to act with that perspective for the welfare of both adults and children. The newly added Handbook provisions affirm that adults who choose to enter into a same-gender marriage or similar relationship commit sin that warrants a Church disciplinary council.
Our concern with respect to children is their current and future well-being and the harmony of their home environment. The provisions of Handbook 1, Section 16.13, that restrict priesthood ordinances for minors, apply only to those children whose primary residence is with a couple living in a same-gender marriage or similar relationship. As always, local leaders may request further guidance in particular instances when they have questions.
When a child living with such a same-gender couple has already been baptized and is actively participating in the Church, provisions of Section 16.13 do not require that his or her membership activities or priesthood privileges be curtailed or that further ordinances be withheld. Decisions about any future ordinances for such children should be made by local leaders with their prime consideration being the preparation and best interests of the child.
All children are to be treated with utmost respect and love. They are welcome to attend Church meetings and participate in Church activities. All children may receive priesthood blessings of healing and spiritual guidance.
May the Lord continue to bless you in your ministry.
Too long too read, I’m sure. Moral of the story here is that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does not condone homosexual relationships. Does that mean they hate homosexuals? Absolutely not. Some of my closest friends are gay. I love them just the same. If anything, the LDS Church is huge on not allowing discrimination of homosexuals.
I am not entirely sure how many parents would give consent, and if they did consent, how would dinner conversations be? How would Sunday’s be after church or Monday’s after Family Home Evening? By requiring that children wait you avoid this entirely uncomfortable situation.
I think Elder Chirstofferson explains the change the best. It’s only 10 minutes so please watch it.
Everyone is in arms about the exclusion of baptizing children in non-traditional family units but I think the whole point of it is to protect children.
That is the true sign of Christlike Love. We want everyone to come unto Christ in whatever way they choose. I think by asking children to wait Heavenly Father is showing his love for all his children. The fifth commandment asks that we honor our parents. I think this is Heavenly Father’s way of allowing children to keep this commandment and allows them to join the church as a legal adult if they so choose.
I know that our Heavenly Father loves us and only does things for our benefit. I see this as a major benefit. I think Heavenly Father is protecting the innocence of children, allowing them to respect their parents and grow up to make their own choices. That is the mark of a loving God.
I leave these things with you in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.