Today competing forces demonstrated outside the U.S. Supreme Court while the justices heard oral arguments relating to same-sex marriage. Advocates for same-sex marriage were mostly on the court side of the street, while pro-traditional marriage advocates were more on the U.S. Capitol side. Pro-same sex advocates were busily dashing in and out of the United Methodist Building, which is owned by and houses the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society. One reporter told me that pro-same sex forces were hosting their media interviews inside. I saw Welton Gaddy, long-time leader of the liberal Interfaith Alliance, go in.
The United Methodist Building, besides housing United Methodism’s lobby office, also rents space to dozens of other liberal religious advocacy groups. It is the headquarters of the Religious Left in Washington, D.C. The National Council of Churches, as it struggles to survive and closes its New York office, is consolidating its headquarters there.
It’s sad to see this historic building, so prominently placed, and constructed by Methodist Prohibitionists in the 1920s to exalt civic righteousness, serve as just another meet up spot for the next step of the Sexual Revolution. I don’t know exactly which agency was hosting today’s pro-same sex marriage advocacy. But the Board of Church and Society is supposed only to rent space to groups that uphold United Methodism’s Social Principles.
Those Principles declare: “We support laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” This stance has been overwhelmingly affirmed by three General Conferences. Yet the Board of Church and Society, which is supposed to represent United Methodism politically, ignores it almost completely. I say “almost” only because this official stance restrains the Board from explicitly lobbying for same sex marriage.
Some day, as our church becomes more global, the United Methodist Building again will belong to the whole church, and not only to self-select liberal activists. Until that day, it remains just a playground for fill-in-the-blank left-wing politics.