Presbyteries in the Presbyterian Church (USA) have begun voting on the eight amendments sent down by the 221st General Assembly. While The Layman Online and other web sites are “tracking” the voting on the proposed redefinition of marriage (Amendment 14-F), some people are simply asking, “How would you vote on the rest of them?”
So, if I had a vote, here’s how I’d mark my ballot:
Amendment 14-1 proposes amending the Book of Confessions by adding the Confession of Belhar. If you’re thinking we’ve been there and debated that, you’d be right. This same proposed amendment failed to achieve the 2/3 threshold in the last cycle of presbytery voting following the 2012 General Assembly. But the former Stated Clerk of the PCUSA, Clifton Kirkpatrick, is determined to see the Belhar in the PCUSA’s Book of Confessions.
The arguments against this amendment have been well articulated and I would vote against it: