Two homosexual groups plan to launch a national campaign targeting the most influential megachurches and its leaders in an attempt to change their views on gays and lesbians.
Soulforce, which promotes “pro-gay” interpretations of Scripture, and COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) are currently recruiting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) parents and their children along with other supporters for “The American Family Outing” in 2008. Selected families will visit six major megachurches to “educate” the public on the issue of homosexuality.
“Through our visibility we hope to peacefully challenge the false stereotypes about LGBT people and same-gender families, and educate the public through authentic and personal conversations – real parents sharing their stories and describing the hurtful effects of prejudice and religious condemnation,” said a statement describing the national campaign, which will run from Mother’s Day weekend in May through Father’s Day weekend in June.
Churches being targeted are those led by Joel Osteen, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. Rick Warren, Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., Bill Hybels and Bishop Eddie Long. Along with most Christian leaders, all have expressed to some degree an opposition to the homosexual lifestyle.
Read about it here.
I’m glad there is talk among the Christian community and homosexuals. I pray that believers will do a better job expressing the love of Jesus to others. Discrimination is wrong period. But what is the agenda here? Why “target” a church? Churches are places of worship not politics. If a person attends a Christian Church they should expect the Bible to be taught.
Check out this from the soulforce website:
1. Most people have not carefully and prayerfully researched the Biblical texts used by some people to condemn God’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children.
OK, what does sin mean then? It isn’t just homosexual sins– all detestable to God!
2. We should be open to new truth from Scripture. Even heroes of the Christian faith have changed their minds about the meaning of various Biblical texts.
Oh that is scary. The Bible is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. I would hate to lead someone astray from a faulty exegesis.
3. We miss what these passages say about God when we spend so much time debating what they say about sex.
Huh? Sexual immorality is sexual immorality whether is is gay or straight.
4. The Biblical authors are silent about homosexual orientation as we know it today. They neither approve it nor condemn it.
Have they read Romans 1:24-27?
24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
5. The prophets, Jesus, and the Biblical authors say nothing about homosexual orientation as we understand it today. But, they are clear about this one thing. As we search for truth, we are to “Love one another.”
We should love everyone unconditionally. But if a believer is sinning it is our responsibility to correct them. People outside the church are out of my control. However, it is my responsibility to love them.
What do you think?