I see that Pastor Jay Dennis, R-First Baptist Church at the Mall, has written a letter to his congregation urging them to vote that the state consider monogamous, committed homosexual relationships as worthless. This, of course, comes after he helped kick off the whole amendment drive.
That’s fine. Pastor Dennis is certainly not the first preacher of any political stripe to forget the rule about rendering unto Caesar and take a shot at collecting more earthly power and influence. But why stop at your captive congregation, pastor? Surely you’re able to defend your positions and moral authority in public, in a healthy back and forth with little ‘ol Godless me, right here on Lakeland Local.
Let the spirit of political influence fill you up and let’s talk this out for our readers to see.
Here’s a handful of questions for getting things started:
1) Will you come with me to meet my friends and tell them to their face why the state calling their relationship a civil union or a marriage is a threat to your marriage or anybody else’s?
2) When can we expect you to show the same level of moral leadership you’re showing now and kick off that anti-heterosexual-divorce amendment in keeping with the biblical teaching of marriage? Surely, you didn’t decide to jump into politics just to pick on the least politically powerful minority group in our society. Surely, you also mean to bring your considerable moral authority to bear in combatting heterosexual divorce through the voting booth. I can’t wait to see your letter to the congregation on that one.
3) What do you and your church offer homosexuals? Do you think the state should encourage committed, monogamous relationships among gays. If so, how? Or do you care? Is it all just one big pot of sodomy for you? And while we’re at it, when can we expect the anti-heterosexual sodomy amendment?
Welcome to the public political realm, pastor. It can be quite a bit of fun. You want to whip up your congregants to insult my friends, go for it. But there are those of us not in the congregation who have some ability to talk back and point out what your actions make you now – a politician. Al Sharpton with better hair. Nothing more, nothing less.
I know some of our readers must either attend FBCaM or know somebody who does. Please pass on this friendly debate challenge to the pastor. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop me a line, pastor, and we’ll set it up.
In the meantime, vote No on 2.