“The greatness of Christianity did not arise from attempts to make compromises with those philosophical opinions of the ancient world which had some resemblance to its own doctrine, but from the unrelenting and fanatical proclamation and defense of its own teaching.” —Adolf Hiter, from Mein Kampf
The Saturday headline in our statewide Tennessean newspaper heralded, “Church Backs Gay Marriage.” This story is causing quite a stir.
Reading the article, the reader gains the impression that this development is simply part of the “larger transformation that’s been happening in the U.S.” “Younger Christians increasingly accept lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and find themselves at odds with churches that don’t.” A lady was quoted, “We thought we’d never find a church that’s loving and progressive in the Southeast.”
The newspaper quoted the pastor as saying they are a congregation of “about 1,800.” When I went this Sunday, their two-service attendance was actually about 550.
Time Magazine covered the story this week with the headline, “Nashville Evangelical Church Comes Out for Marriage Equality.” They report this church has become “one of the first evangelical megachurches in the country to openly stand for full equality and inclusion of the LGBTQ community … .” The pastor says, “Pastors are coming to him quietly and undercover from all over town to talk with him about how to have this conversion in their own evangelical churches. We are on the front edge of a movement that means so much.”
Wow! The rest of us Christians and those serving in leadership better jump out in the street and wave our arms frantically to catch the LGBTQ bus so we don’t miss out on this momentous moment.
Not so fast! As I’ve experienced recently with my loving showdown with Ellen DeGeneres and Anderson Cooper making comments about me on national TV, things are not always the way the media present them (see my video open letters to Ellen and Anderson).
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