I received a phone call late last week to inform me that some members of my church had reached out to a lesbian couple who live in our community. They invited them to attend our church’s worship service. It was said that when they visited, they were going to be directed to attend the Sunday School class that I lead. This is a first for me.
I emailed my group members to let them know what might happen this past Sunday (Mother’s Day). The couple did not show up, but it allowed my group to talk through their thoughts and feelings about having such a couple visit our Bible study group. The conversation was all over the map. Some people were happy that we’d have an opportunity to minister to these ladies, sharing God’s truth and building relational bridges to them. Others in the group were incensed and almost did not attend class when they learned that these ladies might be present.
So today’s blog post is very different. I need your wisdom. What would you do in this situation? Should they be allowed to attend worship? Sunday School? Join the church? Yes they are living in sin, but so are others who are divorced and remarried for unbiblical reasons; so are people who are gluttons; so are people who lie, people who speak falsely about others, and the list goes on. What if we had a doctor in our church who was a top giver but performed abortions…do we allow him to be a member?
I’m stirring the pot just a little so that we think this through. What would Jesus have done? What did he do? Would he approve of us hanging out with “sinners and tax collectors”?
On your mark, get set, go! Respond back with your thoughts and how you and your church would handle this kind of situation. What would you do if two lesbians walked into your group and wanted to participate in Bible study?
Shoulder to shoulder,
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