Homosexuality is a big deal, but this is going way to far.
Recently a pastor ranted about appropriate ways to raise children and prevent them from becoming homosexuals.
Pastor SeanHarris attempts is to emphasize the value and sanctity of marriage, but came across like this,
Crack that wrist!
Give ’em a good punch!
Vote for Amendment 1!
In a society that agrees that sex trafficking is wrong,
poverty is horrid,
homelessness needs a solution,
and child abduction is down right evil…
two issues that Christians take a stance for grind against culture: homosexuality and abortion.
What do you say?
How do you respond?
In a culture says that you have to tolerate everyones opinion, it is always interesting to me that the very people claiming intolerance are in intolerant of opposing view points.
However, how do you respond to fellow believers like Pastor Harris who are in positions of authority spouting hatred and violence?
He went on a tirade about the unfortunate side of homosexuality and instead of providing an environment to wrestle with the issue, he diminishes the expression of sin and attempts to find a solution outside the redemption found in Christ and the gospel.
So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, “Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do.” You get out the camera, and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female, and then you upload it to YouTube, and everybody laughs about it, and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid, is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed.
Instead of finding redemption you are supposedly supposed to tell people to do more and try harder and to mock them over the internet.
Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok? “You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male.”
He also had a word for daughters who begin acting more like boys.
And when your daughter starts acting to Butch you reign her in. And you say, “Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.”
And if at the end of this rant you were sitting in the audience wondering…
Is this really of God?
Is this how Jesus mediated these types of situations?
Do I have this authority as a parent?
Don’t worry, Pastor Harris goes on.
You say, “Can I take charge like that as a parent?”
Yeah, you can. You are authorized. I just gave you a special dispensation this morning to do that.”
My heart breaks.
This is a real issue in the church today.
As leaders we will (if you haven’t already) face this challenge.
Attached is his apology which actually was very intentional and genuine.
He did apologize if his statements came across as a promotion of violence against the LGBT communities, but not that God hates this sin.
He made a final push for the gospel as the only means for their transformation.
For the entire sermon you can go here or for his personal blog you can go here.
Your initial responses to this pastor?
Is this language even remotely appropriate when engaging in this dialogue?
Have you as a leader ever encountered a situation where there was someone unsure of their sexual orientation and what method did you use to resolve the dilemma in your ministry?