OST is closed for business but its spirit survives on my blog.
I was once in a very old church from the south and after a quick review of our very old by-laws we realized it had a paragraph dealing with "what to do if a black person entered the church". We were pretty shocked to realize that had never been removed from the by-laws. So we had to have a meeting and vote to remove the paragraph. It was embarrassing to say the least.
I am fairly confident that one day you all will look back on this and other similar conversations with the same level of shame. I have a prayer for everyone here:
For each of you, I pray that within the coming year God will grace your life with the friendship of one or more homosexuals. Not just a shallow Sunday morning smile and nod sort of friendship, but a loving meaningful relationship that will completely wreck your concepts of sin and grace. I pray that God will grant them the grace to love you in spite of your bigotry and ignorance. I pray that God will use that experience to reveal his concept of grace to you so that you may be more able to show grace to others. I pray that they will accompany you to your own church and force you to "do some explaining".
If you want to find out how to talk about homosexuality, why don’t you start with talking and listening to some homosexuals? It would seem that the only people that should have a say in this matter are homosexuals.
Imagine for a minute how it would appear if a group of the most attractive people in America, lets say maybe a group of movies stars, began a public campaign and discussions entitled:
• How to talk to ugly people about turning from their unattractive ways
• Purifying the body of Christ from people with acne
• How to address the sin of obesity in your church
• Ministering to the women in your church when they refuse to loose those sinful post-pregnancy pounds.