With Mayor Pete Buttigieg running for President on the Democratic ticket, Gay marriage and so many things the LGBTQ family holds dear, are front and center in the minds of everyone, including, and maybe especially, serious followers of Christ.
To let this sink into your bones, you need look no farther than the marriage between Pete Buttigieg and Chasten Glezman. A must-read piece in today’s Washington Post showcases a rift that has developed in the Glezman family, especially between brothers Chasten, Buttigieg’s spouse, and Rhyan Glezman, Chasten’s oldest brother, and a Church of God pastor in Michigan.
Rhyan does not support his brother’s Gay marriage or lifestyle. The piece in the Post by Amy Wang really gets it. Read it and you will feel the tension, tension facing the country but tension maybe especially facing the conservative evangelical churches, many of them still solidly in President Trump’s camp.
The fact is, we are where we are. This is the issue of the hour facing the conservative evangelical church, and it is not going away. There is fallout everywhere you look. It is just about to take the Methodist Churches around the world down for the count. They are seriously divided and desperately trying to separate as amicably as possible.
If Buttigieg makes headway with his campaign in the weeks and months ahead, the divide between fellow Christians will widen, especially, I think, between conservative, evangelical baby-boomers (1946-1964) and Generation Xers (1964-1981), on one hand, and conservative, evangelical Millenials (1981-1996) and Generation Zers (born after 1996) on the other. [Translation: What baby-boomer and Generation Xers believe the Bible says about homosexuality and what their Millenial and Generation Zer children believes the Bible says about is often — increasingly often, actually — much different.]
While Mayor Pete, an Episcopalian, and a Millenial, wants to build a bridge to the Christian right, after reading this piece, I see even more clearly the very sobering and troubling challenge he is up against.