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Casting stones

August 12, 2012
Morning Journal News


I would like to respond to Mr. King's article about Chick-Fil-A and Mr. King's interpretation of the Bible.

As for Chick-Fil-A, Mr. Cathy has every right to support whatever beliefs that he has, whether we agree with him or not. However, everyone who disagrees is also free to speak their minds as well, and lead for boycotts, as is their freedom of speech as well.

As for Mr. King's declaration that "It is time we as a God fearing nation stood up. Let your local and national leaders know that they will not have your support if they decide to try to rewrite the Bible. It's time we started throwing people to the wolves," this declaration is offensive to me as a Christian.

Does not Christ tell us "Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned." (Luke 6:37)

Saying to throw people to the wolves is hardly non-judgmental, in fact it is spiteful and hateful, which are quite the opposite of the life that Christ calls us to, such as in Colossians "Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful." (3:14-15) and in Micah "He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." (6:8) God is one of compassion, not hate, and the more one spews hatred and violence, the more damage that is done to God's name.

As for making a joke out of marriage, the book of Acts is the story of the church becoming more and more open to all people. It starts off as only Jews and the need for circumcision, and keeps moving forward to include the Gentiles and those who are seen as unclean and unworthy, which far too often is how those in the LGBT community are seen. I'm sure there were people back then who thought that letting an Ethiopian Eunuch and Roman centurions into the church was a mockery of God, but they were wrong. Instead it is God's desire throughout the scriptures to bring God's good news to all the world and be a blessing to all people. I pray for our community, our country, and for this world, that we may live in peace, instead of judgment, and in love, instead of intolerance and hatred.

And I pray for Mr. King, that the compassion and wisdom of God may fill him.

The Rev. Sean Myers




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