Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Church, Homosexuals and other hateful statements

Over the past five weeks, I have been part of a Bible study at Church. Drew and I are attending his parents church.

It is a bit more conservative in my taste. It is very old school in certain aspects, but what really kills me is the small mindedness...

During Bible study this week, an individual who is extremely conservative brought up the topic of "homosexuals" (gays and lesbians as I refer).. I think the term "homosexuals" is so degrading and explicit to the individual. It makes them sound as if they are not human, but labeled by a sexual preference..(Social worker in me)

Any way, the conversation went something like this.... Now, we are going to call Person A - Bob for the sake of confidentiality.

Bob says.... "Homosexuality is a sin and is a sinful life style". "They should not be allowed to worship in our church, with our God."

My head is exploding at this point... I am saying nothing.. I am new to the church and cannot really start up anything at this point...

Sure, it is sin, but so is stealing, lying, gossiping,ect.. And guess what? God still allows me to worship in his church, even though I am sinful, I live a sinful lifestyle.. It is human nature... I am was floored.. I am floored and pissed to see a group of people being targeted by the church..

Everyday, we all fall short of God's glory and we are all sinful.. For some, it is a life style of greed of gluttony or whatever the case may be, but God still calls us to enter into worship with him.. Why can I be called to worship when I live a lifestyle of greed, but a "homosexual" cannot?


I want people to be able to feel and taste our God. I would invite those who seem undeemable according to "Bob" in church because they matter. I would rather them taste the love of God even if it were for one time, then tell them not to come and taste my forgiving and loving God.

I think of David, who had a bazillion concubines, and made tons of mistakes, but God still called him "A man after my own heart". We can screw up, fall short and like David.. Slut it up so to speak, and enter the kingdom of heaven.

Why does the church and members of its body target one area of sin, but not another?? Why don't we talk about divorce? Lack of financial giving to the church? Greed? Lust? All are sin.. Me= pissed......

In no way, am I advocating people live a sinful lifestyle, the purpose is just to say we all fall short everyday, but we can still enter into Gods presence asking for Grace and Mercy.

Other hateful statement came up about abortions. I will not talk specifically about the statements made, but will I will say is...

Abortion is the hardest thing a woman will ever have to do.. To decide to terminate a pregnancy is one of the most difficult things.. While critics may say to terminate a life is fast soulution to the problem, but the implications of this termination has a life long impact that a woman deals with day in and day out.

Some church members may say she deserves it, but I think God wants us to live free from persecution, shame and guilt. He comes to erase shame, guilt and shouldn't the church journey with a woman be this way?

God does the judging, we are supposed to do the loving....


I think our approach should be.. Meet them were they are .. Build trust and rapport, then lets get to the heart of the matter..

Christianity is dying in our nation.. I wonder why? Because life is tough and church would rather stick a Bible Bandaid on everything... I don't believe we should except worldly things, but the approach to worldly things is fine line between understanding or being offensive...

God does the judging, we do the loving....

I'm off my soap box...

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