Long has the Evangelical church recieved criticism.
With documenteries like "Jesus Camp"
, these guys seem to be the
butt of alot of speculative and slanderous criticism. People call them Insane, and say that their children are brainwashed. Believers call that
I hold neutral on the subject. I dont think them to be right, or wrong....here, or there. But thats my general opinion of religion, and a whole
different discussion. Lets just say Im a open minded, unassuming, non-critical atheist.
Fundamentalist Christians believe homosexuality to be an abomination.
They base this belief on passages, such as Leviticus 18:22-"You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. "
As well as passages like Leviticus 20:13, or I Corinthians 6:9.
But Pastor Mark Tidd has decided to take a different approach.
DENVER – The auditorium lights turned low, the service begins with the familiar rhythms of church: children singing, hugs and handshakes of
greeting, a plea for donations to fix the boiler.
Then the 55-year-old pastor with spiked gray hair and blue jeans launches into his weekly welcome, a poem-like litany that includes the line "queer
or straight here, there's no hate here."
What do you think?
Is this the politically correct, accepting thing to do? Or blasphemy?
"Highlands Church represents a breakout position, where you have a gay-affirming stance that moves beyond the traditional kind of
liberal-conservative divide," said Mark Achtemeier, an associate professor at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, which is affiliated with
the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). "I'm finding lots of moderate conservatives just think there's something wrong with a default position of
excluding gays from the life of the church."
If the issue is marked as sinful, in the "instruction book" for your religion, should you embrace it?
The cities of Sodom and Gammorah were said to contain these same types of sinful acts, and it was ordered destroyed by god.
At the same time, Jesus taught tolerance. he also taught to "love the sinners, but hate their sins".
So is there room for a divide between dogma, and being politically correct?
Are christians embracing homosexuality in an attempt to convert them, or "normalize" them? Is it all a conspiracy?
Personally, I think the idea is vile.
One of the groups, Exodus International
say they can "cure" your homosexuality. I encourage you to
visit the link.
If you fall for the bait, but cannot be cured, are you no longer tolerated?
I would love to hear opinions from believers, and athiests alike.