What would you do Wednesday!
It is Sunday morning. You are at the regular worship gathering with your local church. Your pastor is preaching on the topic of grace – that we are all sinners in need of God’s grace.
You sit listening. As you listening, you think about how big God’s grace is that He received and redeemed a sinner like yourself. Your mind runs through all your horrendous past sins, current sins, and recent temptations. Your lips muster a silent, “Amen!” as you humbly listen.
The sermon turns to a personal of grace in the pastor’s life. He shares about loving each other in spite of our sins. He mentions loving the homosexual sinner; a hot topic in today’s culture. He explains that his view has changed over the last few years on the issue of homosexuality stating, “God has used my son, who all of you know struggles with same-sex attraction, to enlarge my view of grace on the issue of homosexuality. Let me explain a few areas where God has changed me…”
You pause for a moment and think to yourself.
I wonder what he is going to say. If he says something “wrong,” what will the reaction be? Backlash? This man is very popular in our denomination. He speaks at our seminaries. His son preaches here sometimes…
The preacher continues.
I think as Christians we can do a better job standing up for the marginalized including those who identify as homosexual. For example, there are anti-discrimination measures we can support, but that’s another conversation. In short, we need to be more accepting of homosexuals into the church. We need to realize we are all sinners even after we accept Jesus. We need to get better at inviting homosexuals into the church, stop judging so much, and let Jesus take care of their sin.
How would you respond?
- Prayerfully stand with the pastor.
- Prayerfully consider talking one-on-one with the pastor.
- Prayerfully consider another local church.
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