Did we mention she was the first openly gay bishop?
It’s probably really hard to be gay and Lutheran. But then even harder to want to climb the leadership of theology ladder as a woman, especially to achieve the goal of bishop in the church. Eva Brunne wasn’t afraid of a hard goal… in 2009 , she became the first openly gay bishop by the church of Sweden. She shares her life with her fellow lesbian priest ‘wife’ and their young son.
One day her wife became concerned about those of other faiths and how unwelcoming the Lutheran church must be to them and how removing symbols to make the church neuter would make it more inviting to non-believers. Brunne liked her idea and thought that removing Christian symbols would make the churches seem more hospitable. She held a meeting in Seamen’s mission church in Stockholm’s eastern dockyards challenging the priest to remove Christian symbols from the church.
She called the Muslim guests who would enter the church “angels”. She later explained that removing Christian symbols doesn’t make the church any less a defender of the faith but would result in making the church less “stingy towards people of other faiths”. The Priest of the Seamen’s mission church agreed with her idea because airports and hospitals had already removed specific symbols of worship to make places of worship in those locations suitable for multi-faith worship and bring the church ‘up to speed’.
This move by the first lesbian Lutheran bishop disturbs me greatly. In the doctrines of Jesus Christ in the New or Old Testament you NEVER see him teaching people to change themselves to be more in sync with the world. He never tried to ‘fit in’ and be like everyone else. He NEVER encouraged his followers to become more like culture around them. As a matter of fact when He said ‘Come follow me’ he was saying to all of His followers to become more like Him and not of the world. I find it alarming that such an influential leader would put pressure on her underlings to abandon precious symbols designed to teach the congregation about doctrine. That she would favor protecting a politically correct culture that dilutes the boldness of their individual message.
Father Patrik Pettersson, one of the priests in her diocese said that “The only argument bishop Eva really put forward in support of her view is ‘hospitality’… How do you respond to that? Not much of a basis for discussion, as one colleague put it. The theological, ecclesiological, pastoral and working issues are left untouched”.
As a result of her action the Muslim culture hasn’t given up their traditions of throwing practicing gay people off high buildings to their deaths. They have shown NO tolerance for Christians as they trap them in cages and burn them alive. And they do not choose to assimilate as they wear burqas which are a security nightmare to any location trying to protect the population. Muslims don’t care about making you feel comfortable or safe and redesign their culture to fit your lifestyle… why should any culture change their uniqueness within their own walls to be more welcoming? I believe the best hospitality is to share the entirety of your culture and not be afraid it would offend but rather believe it would enrich others to learn more about what’s important to you. What say you on the Bishop’s move to dilute church principles for political correctness?
What other ways have you seen political correctness dilute a culture and ravage it’s uniqueness? Do you think it helps to strengthen and unify a society with many cultures of weaken it?