Protesting at The State Capital

I received an email from a student who was confused on what his church was asking him and other youth to do. They were going to go to a protest rally to protest against gay marriages. He said he was a bit confused that the church would tell him to do something like this.

My response was that this was a decision that the leaders concluded with, that this is important to them. But be assured that not everyone in the youth may feel that way. I explained that homosexuality is a really hot and sticky issue amongst the churches, and will probably continue to be so for many years to come. And I told him that my prayer is that more than protesting and petitioning and rallying against all these political and moral issues, that we remember the call to love how God loves and love who God loves. And yes, that includes the gay people.
I didn’t really know how to respond, because he’s not my student and that’s not my church, and I don’t want to undermine their leaderships and their decision. (Especially, since I used to work at that church.)

If our churches and church members paid more attention to the plank in our eyes rather than the specks in the eyes of others, who knows what our society may look like today.
Instead of focusing so much on sin, I wish we could focus more on someone’s potential in God’s plans. I loved it when Shane Claiborne said that Jesus never spoke to a prostitute, because he never saw a prostitute, only a child of God.

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  1. H Lee says:

    Well… to me it is less about focusing on the Gays, it is the whole shoving it in my face as if it is the greatest thing in the world. According to the Bible it is wrong. and to me if anyone really goes around proclaiming they are a sinner and are proud of it… how could you not disagree. I guess the whole removing the plank out of your eye before looking at the speck is a good analogy… but it is hard when they are telling you the speck in their eye is greatest thing since sliced bread, and the speck in the eye is all good. That is when I have to say… sorry I know I have a plank in my eye, but you need to stop glorifying the speck in your eye.

  2. Joseph says:

    I see where you’re coming from Hyun.
    but, then, why are the same Christians so mum when it comes to divorce?
    Where are the traditionalists then?
    What about Matt. 5:31-32? And those are JESUS’ words, from his very own self.
    We have to both agree, not all divorces end in adultery.
    So here they are glorifying their specks, and forcing us to accept their new situation.

    Where am I going with this?
    I don’t really care about the whole situation on gay marriage. I don’t know where I stand on the issue of homosexuality and gay rights.

    But, uh, instead of rallying at the capital against gay marriages, can we put the same passion in rallying to end poverty like the early churches in Acts did in our community?

    Or instead of going around and declaring that one lifestyle is sin and wrong, and we just focus on ourselves and try to be the best disciples of Christ and take on his model of loving EVERYONE, even lepers of his days and gays of our days.

    That’s all I’m saying.
    It’s not that I disagree with you completely.
    It’s just “where’s the love?”

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