One of my responsibilities as a counselor in the bishopric is counting the tithing receipts. Yesterday, the financial clerk and I were concluding this task and were at the point in the process where we were just printing reports and sending the financial data to SLC (via modem). While we were waiting for it to complete, we were chatting.
I don't even remember how the topic came up; but, he started telling me about an email he recently received from a friend of his. It seems this friend, while attending college, had an institute director for whom he had a great deal of respect. The man was, evidently, a spiritual giant and a scriptorian. But, his friend had just learned that this man had since divorced his wife and had left the church - because he was gay.
"Can you believe it?" he kept repeating. "Can you believe there are people 'like that' in the church?"
I wanted to tell him that yes, I could believe it.
I wanted to tell him that my heart went out for that brother and his former wife.
I wanted to tell him that we shouldn't judge him - that we just can't understand what he has probably been going through his entire life.
I wanted to tell him that there were more people 'like that' in the church than he realizes.
I wanted to tell him that I was one of 'those people'.
But I didn't say any of that. I just nodded my head - like I always do.
Why do I feel like such a recreant right now?