Poll: Is There Room Enough for Difference?
I recently had a discussion (the disagreeing kind) with a friend over homo sexuality in the church and in society. Our opposing views were nothing new. We discussed whether homosexuality was a choice or not, whether society’s growing acceptance of homosexuality was a good thing or not, and whether the church should be more open to homosexual marriage or not. She referenced “The Proclamation to the World: The Family” often and became very frustrated when I shared some feelings about the Proclamation – stating that it was a problematic document for me and I didn’t view it on the level with scripture because it was not canonized.
At this point in the discuss her frustration peaked and she said, “If you really feel that way, then I think it’s time for you to find a new church.” I was stunned …. And hurt. I do not generally find it hard to have disagreeing discussions with other church members, but to be told, essentially, that there is not room in this church for a person with my views is deeply troubling. I feel love and devotion to my church and my religion – and I continue to attend and be engaged (at some personal cost to myself) because I WANT to be a part of the church. Since this discussion, I’ve been asking myself, “Is there room enough for me in the Mormon church?”