Wherein we see proof that Mormons aren’t Christian
Apparently the Church has recently issued an update to the leadership handbook that equates same-sex marriage with apostasy and bars children from same-sex households from receiving baby blessings, baptism, and priesthood ordination until they are 18 and no longer living with their parents. Want more details? See the Salt Lake Tribune article.
(I’m going to spare you the several chapters I could write about how I believe that the Church’s doctrines and policies on homosexuality are harmful, divisive, misguided, uninspired, and actually at odds with Christ’s teachings. We’re just not having that debate today, all right?)
Because this is the least Christian thing I’ve ever seen come from the LDS Church. Did Jesus not say, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven“?
Do we not teach our Primary children to say, “We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression”?
Do we not believe that the Lord “inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God”?
Do we not teach the commandment to “honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee”?
And didn’t I spend my mission quoting Moroni 8, where we learn that Jesus said, “all children are alike unto me; wherefore, I love little children with a perfect love; and they are all alike and partakers of salvation”?
Our leaders must–must–do better. We cannot call ourselves Christian–in fact, we cannot call ourselves Mormon–if we forbid Church participation and ordinances to children.