ChurchETHOS

Love Crimes

Posted in preaching, theology by Nathan Creitz on May 2, 2007

This is a revision of a previous post.

Well, it looks like the new bill that (HR 1592) that is before the house right now could make it more difficult for preachers to speak out about homosexuality. The bill’s wording would add “sexual orientation” (ie homosexuality, bisexuality) and “gender identity” (ie cross-dressing, transsexuality) as specially protected legal categories. Sadly, well respected groups that have been counseling homosexuals and bringing them out of a lifetime of bondage, such as Exodus International, could be shut down. Our efforts to love homosexuals to Christ would be reinterpreted as hate and discrimination and pastors such as myself could be prosecuted for messages such as the one I preached just this past Sunday if someone did commit a crime and then claimed that my message was the impetus for their attack.(click here to listen). I can’t imagine anyone misconstruing my sermon for a call to arms against certain groups, but it could happen. Meanwhile, the general thought would be that pastors and others shouldn’t “bash” homosexuality, when in reality all we are doing is showing that we have ALL sinned against God and that God has a better way. This is love, not hate. Our desire is to help homosexuals, alcoholics, or even someone going through depression to find God and to be known by Him.

I would encourage you to contact your congressmen and women and let them know we don’t approve of this new bill. What is this world coming to when we desire very much to share the good news about Jesus and eventually we could be thrown into prison as a result? That’s what this bill could do. It’s like the “thought crimes” from Orwell’s 1984 and soon the thought police will be at our door telling us that our love is hate. Talk about exchanging the truth of God for a lie.

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  1. Dean said, on May 15, 2007 at 2.51 pm

    Huh? Oh is that what you’re worried about? Dude you’re stressing unnecessarily if you’re worried about someone taking your sermon too far. See my comment on your original blog about that bill.

    They can’t touch you for what you say. It just increases the sentence on the person who actually does the deed. You have to either attempt physical injury to someone, or attempt to harm someone with a gun, explosives, or fire (because of their race, orientation, whatever) to be charged with a hate-crime.


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