Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 25, 2004
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 25, 2004
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from the soon-to-be-published
new book of daily devotions, written by the Rev. Dr.
Sandra Bochonok, called "Living as the Beloved: One
Day at a Time."
Please get out your Bible, read the verse from the
Psalm and Dr. Bochonok's meditation. We hope you
will be blessed.
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Please read Acts 10:47
Baptized in the name of Jesus Christ
Baptism can be a controversial subject in many
Christian churches. As a child, I was taught that
only believers could be baptized. While in seminary,
however, I changed denominations and was rather
shocked to learn my new church affirmed and honored
the practice of infant baptism. Clearly I had a great
deal to learn and learn quickly. Over the years I
have come to cherish these baptismal opportunities.
As my ministerial understanding grew and deepened, I
realized God blesses Christian baptism for gay, lesbian,
bisexual, and transgendered people of faith too. But
not all Christian churches or denominations would agree
with this understanding. As a result, it is sometimes
more difficult for these pilgrims to become church
members and receive baptism for themselves and their
children. And so once again, I found myself changing
to a Christian denomination that would allow me to
baptize them in the name of Jesus Christ.
I clearly remember one lesbian couple and their search
for a welcoming church after they adopted a beautiful
baby boy in a small town in Virginia. I had been
invited to preach at a Metropolitan Community Church
(MCC) in their town. This small church had faithfully
struggled without a pastor for the past two years and
was using a variety of visiting pastors like me.
This young family had recently discovered this MCC and
wished to have their infant son baptized. They wanted
to have him grow up in the church, hearing the wonderful
Bible stories and experiencing the community of faith.
They had been searching for a church home and for a
pastor to baptize and bless their child. The church
called and asked if I would consider baptizing the
child. The mother and I then began a series of
telephone conversations about infant baptism and
God chose us to come together for a divine appointment.
God honored this faithful small church with a child
needing baptism. They were now entrusted with the
next generation. It was obvious to me that the Holy
Spirit was active in the lives of these eager parents.
I felt honored to bless, baptize, and welcome this
child and his parents into the Christian church.
The Internet can often be a very helpful place to
locate gay friendly churches and spirituality
resources. Three helpful Web sites to begin your
search and to learn more about this growing, global
movement are www.wow2k.org, www.mccchurch.org, and
Come Holy Spirit. Linger in our hearts and teach us
about this growing, global voice of faith among gay,
lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Christians.
Guide our prayers today. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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