An Open Letter to My Parents' Pastor

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Pastor telling the truth

I noticed a lot of "I this" "I that" "we this" "we that" in the letter. Sadly that is a worldly attitude. Very little was said about what the Lord expects us to do. The Lord tells us that we must separate ourselves from the world whatever is not like God. The Lord has never supported LGBT behavior---read the Bible to discover this. My hat goes off to the pastor who spoke truth from the pulpit! He is cleansing the congregation of those who do not want to follow the Lord's ways, which is what Paul tells the Corinthians to do in their churches--get rid of the bad sheep so the faithful are not tarnished with their ways.

Joe McFee 57 days ago

What did he say?

I note that she never says what it is that the pastor actually said. She simply says how it made her feel. This makes it very difficult to evaluate the situation properly.

Jeff Adel 66 days ago

Very articulate and inforative

There are thousands of personal stories like these. And they exhibit well the hatred which is inherent in fundamentalism.

Now, the fundamentalists assert that by casting out gays, they obey God. But, if that is true, it certainly shows the utter worthlessness of such an evil false god. No God worthy of the name casts people out for who they love. It exhibits well the narcissism of fundamentalism, which believes "We and our friends are forgiven for anything and everything. But we are absolutely disgusted by the ordinary sexuality of everyday men and women." That's a paraphrase from Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s "Welcome to the Monkey House." But The Austin Lounge Lizards stated in more succinctly in a song titled "Jesus Loves me, but He Can't Stand You.".

George Nixon Shuler 66 days ago

Both ways

The loss goes both ways. I except all people in the church and let God do his work without my judgement. I have actively invited homosexual to our church who were tossed aside by the LDS church and wanted their children to attend Sunday school. Having said that, I find the Bible is very clear that participating in homosexual activities is a sin and must be acknowledged as such. This means we repent and go and sin no more ( hard to do as we all tend to have to keep repenting). My church is mostly conservative and I am also on staff there. My family and most likely the majority of the church would leave if we don't at least acknowledge the act of homosexuality as a sin. So of course UMC losses everything thing they do just like this article discusses. Please don't respond with the some scripture verses. If you don't agree then pray for me for clarity as I pray daily for those who believe Jesus is ok with it. Yes Jesus loves everyone as a parent loves their own children, but that does not mean you like or condone what they do.

Dale Baruth 66 days ago

Affirmation

I don't not know You, but every word of your open letter speaks truth. I have the great good fortune to belong to a Methodist congregation in which all are loved and LGBTQ couples are married and cherished.Please know that even at this distance you and your parents are loved. May God bless you in your new endeavor. You do not give your geographic location, but I am in Chicago. If you or your parents find yourselves in this vicinity, please come to the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple and tell them that Beth Jacobs sent you. I am not in church as often as I would like because I am severely disabled, but they will welcome you as my guest. God bless you.

Beth Jacobs 67 days ago

Thank you!

Kudos, Carrie! Thank you for so elegantly explaining exactly why the UMC must reverse its negative philosophy and rhetoric regarding the LGBT community. Of this topic, at least, change is not an option.

I've personally waited for the UMC to extend the love of Christ to me since 1972. I will no longer wait.

Ben U 67 days ago

An open letter..

Thank you so much. Respectful and clear. Blessings to you and our parents.

David Mercer 67 days ago