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Rev. Chandler Stokes
Matthew includes Ruth in the genealogy of Jesus. One of the reasons is that she represents an outsider to the family line, which anticipates some of the outlandish things that Jesus does. Another reason for her inclusion in the genealogy is the profound covenantal expression of love that she makes to her mother-in-law Naomi. It is a picture of God’s fidelity in human form.
From Rev. Chandler Stokes, senior pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church:
In light of Judge Bernard Friedman’s ruling, I thought it would be important for you to know my view of same-sex marriage. Back in 2010, I delivered a rather thorough account of my theological understanding. In short it is this:
“In the public debate over marriage, it’s as if we have confused the treasure with the earthen vessel. ‘Heterosexual marriage is a vessel; the real treasure is the steadfastness and fidelity of love. We bless the vessel, because it holds the treasure… We bless the treasure rather than elevating the clay pot to ultimacy.
“We bless love, respect, mutuality, accountability, joy, and compassion. These qualities point beyond our human frailties to God’s relationship with us. That is the standard, the ultimate covenant to which we aspire in all our relationships. The church should bless and encourage covenantal, faithful relationships wherever they may be found.”
I am deeply grateful that the way appears to be opening for LGBT couples to seek the legal blessing of marriage in the State of Michigan. May all who already enjoy that blessing be mindful of the privilege and honor it.
Rev. Chandler Stokes
A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Ruth 1:1–18. In this sermon, we focus on marriage. In 2008, our Session approved the ordination task force report called ‘A Visible Sign of the New Humanity.’ Among the report’s significant graces is that it makes clear that we do not expect everyone to make one conclusion in their understanding sexual orientation. If you haven’t read the report before, I commend it to you. Our sexuality is a gift, and it is not given in the same way to everyone. Yet, that is not the focus of today’s sermon; instead, the question today is “What relationships should the church bless?”