A Diocese in England has barred a local politician from church duties for backing gay marriage. Now I respect the Church's commitment to truth and give a big "YOU GO!!!!" Well sorta...
Everything I write from the point on will probably be considered by some as my treatise of why I am going to hell. I am sure this will come back to haunt me later in life, but that it OK, because it must be said.
The church needs to get over Homosexulaity!!!!
Where is all the out cry over the 90% of church leaders who told Barna they have looked at pornography "within the last year?" Where is all the outcry over the fact that porn is the most profitable industry on the World Wide Web? Where is the outcry over men who are cheating on their wives, women reading smut novels, teens who are deeply involved in fornication, and segments of all population watching movies and television that at the very least is Soft Core Porn?
There IS NONE!!!! Pornography, Fornication, and Adultery are the quiet undertow of so many Christian families while homosexuality affects (using the most inflated numbers) only 10% of the population. This is a CLEAR example of "speck thinking" when there is a plank in the Church's eye.
The churches I have been invloved with have yet to attack our own problem of pornography, fornication, and adultery like we have attacked homosexulaity.
I believe (and I know I will get myself in more trouble here) that there is a GREATER DEMONSTRATION of the "Flesh Nature" in the lifestyle of our teens (fornicators) and men (pornographers) than there is in a committed life long homosexual relationship. I believe that the Church should reprove those invloved in sexual sin. I believe that Sexual Sin should be intolerable, and I say "YAY!" to the church taking that stand. Yet, as has always been the case we have tolerated, and by conscience ignoring therefore condoned hetrosexual sexual immorality. The church MUST be a place where all people are challenged to be rid of the "Old Man" and filled with the spirit as a "New Man"
So as far as the church's response to the GLBT community goes, I believe that the gospel is for people of every language, tribe, and nation. This means that the message of salvation is for the Gay Community and should be taken to the gay community just the same as it is for and taken to any other community. It should not be taken as a method, or as a mode to rid the world of tha "dark stain" of homosexuality. It should not be taken to "the gays;" instead it should be taken as the message of Christ to ALL PEOPLE. It should be taken as the message that calls us from ALL SIN.
Now I entreat the church STOP WORRYING ABOUT THE GAYS, and take a look at yourself, your own struggles in the flesh, your own sexual behaviors. Let's fix the problem in our own lives and in our own homes before we use cameras and microphones to condemn the sin outside our lives, our families, and our congregations. This hypocrisy makes us look foolish and renders us ineefectual as ambasdors of God's grace.
Let us not waste the precious time and energy of the church and of our lives on "Great Moral Crusades", instead let's work together to be conformed to be like Christ in our own sexual lives and our own sexual purity. Let us spend time being a community of people available to SERVE those who have spent their lives with unfulfilling sin encounters. Let us be a community of servants, who have open homes and open lives to those in need. Our active servanthood will have a greater impact on the world than our moral righteouness.
A lot of christians have a 'so what' attitude about judging. They seem to think that just because they sin, it doesn't make it right for others to sin. so they go on with their judging.
The answer to that 'so what if I judge' attitude, i think, is beacuse that attitude drives away people from the church.
How many people don't ever come to church because they assume that can't be a christian if they do 'x'. And how quickly are christians willing to say that someone must not be 'walking with the lord' if they do 'x'. It's one and the same problem.
I think the 80/20 problem at churches partly stems from this. 20% of the people in the church do all the work while 80% have judged themselves too sinful to do anything but show up on sunday.
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