John Meunier wonders why the UMC considers homosexuality scandalous, but not divorce:
As we all know, though, marriage is under direct attack. Divorce rates are high and continue to be. Long before the wider culture and entertainment industry started to embrace homosexuality, it positively gloried in the easy divorce and the disposable marriage. Celebrity news is practically an unending paen to the idea that marriage is only to be preserved as long as it is convenient.
And here, we have clear New Testament texts from no less than Jesus Christ himself (and St. Paul to boot).
And yet, I hear and read very little attack and condemnation of the official UMC position on divorce. There is hand wringing about divorce, but no threat of schism over allowing it to continue. Divorced ministers are not a scandal.
By any quantifiable measure, divorce is a much deeper crisis than the "threat" of gay marriage or gay ministers.
So, why do we talk so much about the second and so little about the former?
That's a good question.