Pastor’s Friday Comments (06.28.19)

Last Sunday, June 23, I preached a sermon entitled “All the Children of God”, based on the Epistle Lectionary text for that day, Galatians 3:23-29. Through what I believe was a careful reading of the passage and prayerful application to our contemporary culture, I stated what should be obvious: that God loves everyone and that we should too.

I was also reacting to a resolution that was passed by the Southern Baptist Convention a couple of weeks ago that I believe was thoroughly unChristian. It purported to draw boundaries around who could call themselves Christians. My point there was that none of us are in a position to judge the sincerity of anyone else’s commitment to God.

Though I made some pointed applications of the principle that in Christ we are all loved, I wasn’t attempting to join a cause, fly a flag, or even suggest congregational consensus. I wasn’t trying to make a political statement. I was saying something that I believe is irrefutable: Since God loves everyone, everyone should be welcome in our church. 

I’m telling you all this in the hopes that, if you were not here Sunday (and since we’re in the summer vacation travel period many of you weren’t), you will listen to the sermon here.

Rather than only hearing what someone else thought about it, it’s a good idea to ponder the issues raised for yourself. I hope it will encourage some helpful conversations.