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Washington Post
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June 7, 2013

Religious institutions of all stripes are asking this big question: Could the church have gotten it wrong in using a few verses of scripture to condemn homosexual people, just as it got it wrong about using isolated verses to justify slavery and the denigration/subjugation of women? More and more religious people and institutions are moving toward a “yes” in response to that question. The church has misunderstood God’s will before, but over time, we get it right. I believe that this is one of those moments.

When we do justice work, stand with the oppressed, and put our lives and our faith where our inclusive theology is, we meet God there.  A favorite saying of mine, given to me a month after my election, says, “Sometimes God calms the storm.  But sometimes, God lets the storm rage, and calms His child.”  That is my prayer for Dr. Erwin and the Lutherans.  Let God calm your hearts and soothe your souls.  You are walking with God. I, for one, consider it an honor to be on this journey with you.

Gene Robinson was elected the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church. Ten years later, he responds to the election of Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin, the first openly gay bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America just elected last week.