Posted by: suek2001 | January 14, 2015

A farewell party interrupted..

I have been writing some light..fun things as of late…trying not get too serious but reading headlines got me thinking…and angry…

http://www.9news.com/story/news/local/2015/01/13/lesbian-woman-lakewood/21700963/

Reading this article made me angry……It tells of a family that tried to have a funeral at a Colorado church…Apparently, the family says that the funeral was cancelled because the slideshow the family wanted had a picture of a proposal for the the woman’s wife…which means….GASP!..she was a lesbian…

Okay..I am now turning my blog into an open letter to Lakewood Church in Colorado…AKA New Hope Ministries…

You must have dealt with grieving families before this..You know how the stress of funerals..and all people in mourning want is to say goodbye without complication…and in that vein, you screwed up..

Yes, the Bible teaches us right from wrong..yes, the Bible speaks of homosexuality in “sin” terms..I know that..I’ve heard that..Let’s face it..the world has heard it…doesn’t matter in this case…

Your refusing to show that picture passes judgement on that young lady…something you DON’T have to do anymore..as she’s already been at the judgement seat of God…so whatever God-driven judgement you think you have passed on to her, is a waste….an absolute waste..and in refusing her funeral, you have passed that judgement on to the family. You have passed judgement on the dead when they cannot defend themselves..and added more grief…more hate..more of what the Church should be against on to this family..Shame..on….you…

Jesus gave a brilliant Sermon on the Mount…and in that sermon, came the statement, “Blessed are those who mourn…for they should be comforted”….and by refusing that funeral, you have FAILED…..epically…. in comforting those who mourn…

I have grown up in the Church my entire life…and I know the whispers about “Did you you know that…” type stuff that happens..Gossip happens..Christians are judgemental..it happens..God, knows, I’m one of them..and I will face my own judgement for all of it…Still, if the reason, you refused that service is to stop the gossip, then that is NOT a good enough reason..and it is for appearances only..

..and boy, did that backfire on you….Now, protests are on..and yet again, conservative Christians are going to face a backlash over any slight to the gay community…and then we’ll have to quote the Bible again about “traditions” and all that..and the Left will throw the compassion lingo at us again..and it will go on and on…

..and what is won? Nothing…you made your point..gays are not welcome in your church…and no matter what good your church has done for the community, all the media will run with is “Lakewood Church hates gays”..and they will run that into the ground..

I am tired of all of it..I am tired that when the world turns to us for comfort..or answers, we deliver some empty phrases and hate…We cannot return hate…True followers of Christ cannot have hate in their heart…

For those that think you stood up for some brand of holy righteousness, maybe you did but at what cost? You see the headlines..you know the world is a hurting place…and with your rejection of that funeral for some grand theological point, you ADDED to it…

Come on..do the right thing..Apologize…invite that family over…tell them you were wrong..Christians CAN get it wrong sometimes…

You may think the liberal media or the family are spinning some yarn to make you look bad but it didn’t have to be that way…Your cancellation of the funeral was not just hateful but bad business…

..and if your church really wants to make a difference, they will remember the greatest commandment God gave us, LOVE ONE ANOTHER…

I shall close with this Scripture..and a reminder to you, you may have won the battle this time but you’ll lose the culture war in the long run..:

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”–I Corinthians 13:1

 

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