I just got an email from ProtectMarriage.com. Something caught my eye as I was scanning through it. Apparently there are 4 types of pastors (in California) when it comes to homosexuality. Check out this excerpt from the email:
UNDERSTANDING CATEGORIES OF PASTORS
May I take a small detour? As it relates to this issue in California right now, there are four types of pastors:
CATEGORY 1. Pastors who are convinced that the Bible supports homosexual activity as normative and acceptable. They violate the integrity of the Word of God. Treat them with respect as persons, but do not spend time debating with them. Speak kindly to them and don’t argue. But they have done much to damage the role of Christianity in our nation. They badly distort the Bible’s message.
CATEGORY 2. Pastors who are oblivious to the peril in California right now, as it relates to our ability to continue to preach the entire Bible with freedom, without fear of reprisal, without fear of censorship by the “politically correct police.” Talk to these pastors. They will see the truth if you reach out to them. They badly need education and accurate information. They can be brought to understand truth, if you will kindly and patiently share it. Take time. Talk to them.
CATEGORY 3. Pastors who possibly know what is at stake, but who are so concerned with “how we will be viewed” that they will not speak out on the issue. Speak kindly to and about these pastors. However at the same time, be thankful that they were not Peter and John in Acts 4:19-20 (But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”). If they had been, the Gospel would have disappeared before 100AD.
My Ph.D. is in church history, thus I am fascinated historically with the topic of those who preserved the Gospel by being willing to be counter cultural. We have the Gospel today in part because followers of Jesus were willing to be misunderstood by their culture, to be, when needed, politically incorrect. CATEGORY 3 Pastors do not grasp this. Spend time discussing the issue with them if there is clear evidence that they can be moved to truth. If that evidence is not there, then move on. Your time is best invested in CATEGORY 2 Pastors.
CATEGORY 4. Pastors who “get it,” discern the times (1 Chronicles 12:32), and are willing to “take the heat” for the sake of truth. Thank you for being brothers and sisters in this struggle! Thank you for standing for the truth of Scripture, when it is not popular to do so. The present culture will be unkind to you. History, however, will be most kind to you. It will not look favorable on CATEGORY 3 Pastors. Determine to be – and remain – a CATEGORY 4 Pastor. It hurts. It costs. The Gospel always has.
When (and I repeat “when”) truth wins in the November ballot, those pastors in CATEGORY 3 above will continue to enjoy their freedom to preach and teach, due to the fact that pastors in CATEGORY 4 paid the price for that freedom to continue.
I thought this was very interesting, and I’m still wrapping my brain around it. What do you think?