What is the strangest thing of all, however, is that modern Christianity finds itself powerless to address the doctrinal divides over who God is, over the truthfulness of His revelation, over the tenets of the creed, over the path of salvation, and a host of other things BUT when it comes to sexuality and gender issues, the same Christians find a backbone. We must live together in a grand ecumenical spirit of compromise and toleration and different opinions when it comes to the doctrines of Scripture related to God and our salvation but when it comes to matters of sex and gender, we set our feet in concrete and become immovable. My point here is not to suggest that any doctrine ought to be considered expendable but to say that the new orthodoxy of Protestantism is not Scripture or creed but just that -- sexuality and gender. Here there is no wiggle room. Everywhere else we can find ways of accommodation but not when it comes to these issues. The new tests of orthodoxy will allow broad diversity with respect to nearly everything else but when it comes to sex and gender there is no tolerance of intolerance. The traditional stereotypes of intransigence are not the conservatives who try to maintain the Biblical view but those who believe the Biblical view must give way to lead of culture.
Ecumenism and its lofty goals of one church have fallen victim to the sexual and gender divides in ways few could have foreseen. The ELCA, itself a product of several mergers along the way, gave birth to two denominations in the wake of its 2009 decisions on sexuality and gender. Presbyterianism has birthed many micro denominations along the way. Methodists are no longer United. But many of the same voices that once pleaded for unity are some of the same voices who have agitated for the full embrace the LBGTQ++ agenda. For some years we have been told that doctrine does not or should not divide. Apparently some doctrine does. It is merely a matter of deciding which.