In light of the various narratives about why people are leaving or should leave the Presbyterian Church (USA), I recently posed the question, Why do you choose to stay in the Presbyterian Church (USA)? Here is one more person sharing why they are staying in the Presbyterian Church (USA) . . .
Why do you choose to stay in the Presbyterian Church (USA)?:
I choose to stay because the PC(USA) strikes a healthy balance between personal freedom of conscience and corporate discernment that allows the denomination to faithfully listen to, and respond to, the leading of God’s Spirit.
I choose to stay because the PC(USA) embodies a broad spectrum of conservative and progressive voices, centered on the gospel and rooted in the hallmarks of the Reformed Tradition – the sovereignty of God, the authority of the scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. Together we can learn from each other and more fully, and authentically, be the body of Christ in the world.
I choose to stay because being connectional is at the heart of our Triune God and the PC(USA). It may not always be easy to stay together but as Barbara Wheeler, past president of Auburn Theological Seminary has said, “We Presbyterians, who share so much—a confession of faith, a rich theological heritage, the advantages and the burdens of wealth and social power—could covenant to stay together in our reformed relations, to labor with each other, in love, for justice and truth. It would be very arduous and painful, much more so than splitting or drifting apart. It would be worth it. The world would take note of what the gospel makes possible for those who confess their dis-ease with each other and their displacement by each other but still keep on going, strangers locked in covenant, toward the better country of diversity and harmony, liberty and love.” Our connection to one another is a reflection of God’s own being which is a connection that cannot be broken.