Hemant Mehta wants to thank pastors. He has spent the past decade or so trying to convince people that religion is more often than not a negative influence on our society, spending time convincing people why God doesn’t exist and why they should leave their churches, even if they are religious. But nothing he has done has been as effective as pastors who have spoken out against same-sex marriage.
If you are a pastor, here are your choices concerning same-sex marriage:
- Do nothing until you have to. You will inevitably. Meanwhile some members, especially youth, will drop out of church because you’ve not discipled them in this regard. Pew Research has reported that LGBT issues are millennials #1 problem with the church.
- Teach and repeat the marriage slogans (one man and one woman, etc.). It’s not working. One definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result.
- Cave in. But this is not an option for a faithful pastor.
- Cave in if you are not a faithful pastor. This is commonly done in the name of love, but it is not loving to encourage people to sin (1 Cor. 13:6). Sin separates people from the true body of Christ even if they attend church. It even brings into question your love for Christ considering He defined love as obeying His commands (John 14:15). Concerning church attendance, such cooperation with the culture has not helped the mainline denominations.
The following video gives one reason why caving in doesn’t help church attendance.
For help in dealing with this issue in your church, whether you are a pastor, teacher, or in another position of leadership, please contact Garrett.