In regards to Our View and Holy Family Catholic Church, the writer states "Is there room for compromise? Should the church do more to recognize that the world is changing in this regard?"
Yes, the world is definitely changing but the Bible, God's holy word, does not. To ask someone to compromise their belief in the Bible is like saying, "OK, you can follow the part where God says "do not steal," but the "do not kill" part -- you can ignore that one.
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God makes it very clear that we are not to conform to this world (Rom 12:2). He also warns us not to follow the crowd (Ex 23:2). And this one stings: "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight" (1 Cor 3:19).
On a lighter note, the Bible is filled with words of encouragement, wisdom, finding joy after sorrow, finding love and acceptance in a loving God who wants all to come to him and experience joy. To alter my beliefs, follow the world's changing attitudes and risk losing God's promise of eternity with Him forever -- that's one thing I won't compromise.
So until Christ comes back again to rule the Earth, I suggest that the churches withstand the pressure of the crowd to sway your decision. Let the fairness of God guide each of you. Life here on earth is but a blink of an eye compared with eternity with a loving Heavenly Father. Who would want to risk losing that?
And lest someone call me intolerant, this is not about tolerance or judging. Christ commands that we love one another as He loves us. I have gay friends. But for the Daily Herald to ask followers of God to compromise their beliefs, that, in my opinion, is being intolerant.