A few days ago, my grandma and I were talking about how it must be hard to be the wife of an intentional interim pastor (say that three times fast). More specifically, the wife of our former intentional interim pastor. First, she has to move when he does. Secondly, many churchgoers aren’t too thrilled about having an intentional interim pastor because they know he will be leaving in six months to two years and there is no point in befriending him [or his wife]. Although there were many who thought this, thankfully, not everyone did.
As I was speaking to my grandma, I brought up the fact that I always talked to her [the wife] regardless of knowing she wouldn’t be around forever. My dad, who was within earshot of the conversation, responded to by saying “Well, that’s because it’s how you were raised.”
When the word homosexuality is mentioned in a Christian context, most of the responses one receives will be negative. Gays are usually talked about as “those sinners out there.” But not all who are gay are outside of the purview of the Church. (And by gay, I’m talking about all those who experience homosexual temptation, whether or not they routinely give in to those temptations.) This may not be self-evident to all who read this, so it should probably be said: gay people are among us. They serve on our committees, sing in our choirs, give us financial advice, teach our Sunday School classes, and play instruments in our services to lead us in worship.
I would just like to vent for a few minutes. Please bear with me – this will most definitely be beneficial for myself, and it may even prove to be somewhat helpful for you too.
You know what really irks me? Christians who don’t act like Christians at all. Why? Because I used to be one. I don’t like when people set themselves up as holy judges and execute spiritual verdicts on people when they’ve never walked in their shoes or shut their mouths long enough to listen to their struggles. The holy judgers take peoples’ questions and treat them like the asker’s absolute doctrine – when in all reality, all they were looking for in the first place was an honest answer for their inquiries.