People walking up to you
Singing glory hallelulia
And they’re tryin to sock it to you
In the name of the Lord
– Joe South, from Games People Play

Hmm . . . why would anyone submit themselves to a jury “trial” by a church?

OK, I’m trying very hard not to laugh my head off here, because this must be serious to the people involved . . . but surely this story out of Pennsylvania is material for a future Saturday Night Live skit.

According to the Associated Press:

A United Methodist minister was convicted Monday in a Pennsylvania church trial of breaking church law by officiating at his son’s same-sex marriage, a case that rekindled debate over the policy of the nation’s largest mainline Protestant denomination. . . . Schaefer could face punishment ranging from a reprimand to losing his minister’s credentials after the jury convicted him of breaking church law that bans clergy from performing same-sex weddings. The jury will reconvene Tuesday for the penalty phase.

Umm . . . I wonder why the minister just didn’t tell the church to stuff it, you know what I mean. Like, why did he subject himself to the Methodist Church’s inquisition?

According to AP:

Testifying in his defense Monday, Schaefer said he might have lost what he called his “ritual purity” by disobeying the Methodist Book of Discipline, but said he felt he was obeying God’s command to minister to everyone. “I love the United Methodist Church. I’ve been a minister for almost 20 years and there are so many good things about the United Methodist Church except for that one rule,” he said.

The Methodist Book of Discipline, huh?

Apparently, the complainant in the case, a congregation member, was worried about the church’s integrity . . .

Integrity, huh?

(OK, I really am killing myself laughing now.)

Oh, the games people play . . .