At this point in my state (Texas) it is still illegal for same-sex marriages. That will probably not be the case in the near future. I believe the courts will rule that it our law stating marriage is between a man and a woman is unconstitutional, and, although I disagree with them, same-sex couples will be able to get married in arguably the most conservative state in the Union. At this point I do not know how long it will be, and neither does anyone else.
Frankly, I think it is quite the wrong thing on which the church should focus. Here’s what I believe—as long as Satan can keep us occupied with such things as homosexuality, we are not focused on our real mission, which is reaching people for Jesus and making disciples of them. I know a lot of people in Baptist churches. And I know as lot about Baptists churches, and not so much about other denominations. It is my considered opinion that most of the churches in my denomination believe homosexuality is a sin and an abhorrence to God. My question for my church and all other churches is this; “Do sinners have a place in the church?”
One might answer that all church members are sinners, and I would agree wholeheartedly. So, then, the issue must come down to the degree of sin. Christians have a way of making some sins greater in their own eyes than other sins. So, we have come to the place where we place homosexuality on the level of sin that does not merit church affiliation. I ask you, “Do you think God agrees?”
Here is our dilemma. If we say it is O.K. for sinners to come into the church, then we must allow ALL sinners. It is not our prerogative to categorize sin. It is the warmth of the church that leads people to a deeper commitment to Christ, not the opposite. So, which sinners will we keep out? It appears we have liars, cheaters, adulterers, child predators, etc. in the church already, so what is the rationale for excluding one category of sinners just because we do not agree with them.
The only answer I have heard anyone make to this questions is that most people who come into the church, while they may be sinners, we do not know about their sin. That leads me to believe that we reason that we would not knowingly receive into membership anyone who was any of the above. But, you and I both know that isn’t so. We also know that we have homosexuals in our churches, but they are still in the closet, so to speak.
All of this is to bring us to the conclusion that the main reason we do not want homosexuals in the church is that they do not keep their sin hidden. You know what that means, don’t you? Church membership is only for those who are adept at keeping their sins hidden from others.
That may not be what we believe, but sure is what we practice.