The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's website has a blog written by ELCA members of various viewpoints. It is sad to read the heretical views given space there. Consider this offering by Kristin Berkey-Abbott, a life-long Lutheran and college professor. Here are some excerpts:
Please once again stop and say a prayer that many, many will leave the ELCA and offer their time and talents to a more biblical denomination.
Sincerely in Christ
Pastor Tom Brock
The first week of June brought us the Vanity Fair issue with Caitlyn Jenner on the cover... I realize that a lot of people are still deeply committed to the idea that all of life can be divided neatly into binary categories: male/female, gay/straight, Christian/uncommitted, U.S. citizen/other, creative/rational – on and on I could go.
I have spent much of the last three decades thinking about gender in all sorts of ways. Are there two genders or more? Most of us would say, "two." We've been trained to think that. Is it time to blow up the gender binary?...the more I learn about life (and physics!), the more I think the spectrum is wider and probably deeper than anything I can imagine.
I've also spent the last 30 years thinking about God and gender. I've made fierce arguments about how damaging it is to see God as male. In my search for alternatives, I've scoured the Bible looking for the female aspects of God. I've found some, but they leave me uncomfortable too. I've resorted to trying to think of God as gender-free.
But it never occurred to me to read the Bible looking for evidence that God's gender moves across a spectrum too. I'm surprised to realize that I'm guilty of binary thinking too.
As humans it makes sense that we come up with metaphors in our attempts to understand God.... I feel certain that the ELCA transgendered clergy members who are completely open about being transgendered are a blessing for many, many transgendered people in more ways than we can imagine. One of those is sacramental.
What about the rest of us? I'm sure there are still people who are deeply uncomfortable receiving the elements from homosexual leaders. But we can't allow the discomfort of others to prevent us from doing what's right.
Some have thought that homosexuality is the last frontier, but now we're wrestling with transgender issues. What will be the next frontier?
And how will these frontiers change the way we view God?