Would You Baptize the Adopted Child of a Same Sex Couple?
Question: “Would you baptize the adopted child of a same-sex couple?”
Answer: Sure. Of course before the baptism the couple would need to assure me that they are able to raise the child to know and love Jesus and to be his disciple. And that would mean that they would need to repent and turn to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and that would mean separating from one another, living celibate lives, and affirming the truthfulness of the entirety of scripture. Apart from any of these things, baptizing the child would actually do both the couple and the child great harm by granting a veneer of Christian legitimacy to their union. That would be hateful and destructive since it would affirm a sin that scripture says leads the unrepentant away from the kingdom of God.
The first section of this post shows the attitude of The Revd. Matt. Kennedy, a former TEC priest, but now part of the ACNA breakaway church in the United States of America. In his response to the question of whether or not he would baptize the child of a Same-Sex couple, Mr. Kennedy demands that the adoptive parents separate from one another, thereby demolishing the very family into which the child has been legally accepted for nurture. One wonders whether this is what Jesus would have done in the same circumstances? I leave readers to evaluate the theology of this response – in the light of Jesus’ call to ALL people to receive baptism.
In the second space, I have given the link to a more hopeful scenario of a ceremony in the TEC (Episcopal) Church of Holy Trinity, Wall Street, New York, wherein the whole congregation welcomes their new chief pastor, and celebrates the Festival of The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ in a Solemn Sung Eucharist, presided over by the Episcopal Bishop of New York – in the presence of Presiding Bishop of TEC, The Most Reverend Katherine Jefferts-Schori, and the Archbishop of Southern Africa, The Most Reverend Thabo Makgoba.
It is worth taking time to watch the video of this service, to hear the splendid sermon and to witness the Anglo-Catholic Liturgy accompanied by a first-call Choir. A demonstration of The Episcopal Church at its very best!
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand