Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Jan. 25, 2009
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Jan. 25, 2009
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Baptized in the name of Jesus Christ
Peter said, "Can anyone withhold the water for
baptizing these people who have received the
Holy Spirit just as we have?"
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
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 church membership.
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,
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
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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