Co-existing with the culture

Same-Sex Marriage Rally

In an age when our culture and when other religions are increasingly calling for tolerance and change, how does the Church respond?  Are we to re-brand ourselves and hope that relaxing in some areas will present a kinder Christianity?  Today we’re covering a number of stories and we’re asking for your input on this idea of co-existing with the world.

You’re going to hear the latest on a national Muslim conference this week being held at a church in California. And we’re also going to talk about a decision over the weekend by the U.S. Supreme Court to hear two different cases involving same-sex marriage.

Some background:

Thirty-one of the 50 states have banned same sex union including California where four years ago voters approved what is widely known as Proposition 8.

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The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to take up the ban in California and a separate dispute about federal benefits for legally married gay couples.

Despite protests public opinion is shifting. Earlier this year President Obama became the first U.S president to say he believed same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.  We’re going to talk about one pro-marriage pastor who says he is “delighted” that the high court will  be taking up these cases. Here is the Christian Post story we are referencing today.

Muslim Prayer Room (Bangkok Airport)A little later we will share a story we first told you about on Friday about a Christian church in California has decided to move forward with hosting a huge convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council next week — the first time the organization has conducted a national convention at a Christian church. The announcement by All Saints Church in Pasadena prompted what the pastor calls a “slew of hate mail.” None of it was threatening, and authorities put the number of letters and emails at “dozens.” No one is publishing any of the emails, so we don’t know what they say.  We don’t know if what the church describes as vile “hate” was actually concern about Chrislam, the blending of Christianity and Islam.)  In fact the pastor was actually surprised by the response.

Here is what the Muslim conference organizers have to say about All Saints on it’s conference brochure:

All Saints Church is a symbol of ideal religious coexistence and pluralism in America.

This year’s convention promises to bring our communities together to discuss the important issues we face today involving religious pluralism, violence and bigotry. The future of our country is dependent on work with both the interfaith and civic leaders, now more than ever.

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2 Responses to Co-existing with the culture

  1. ksb193 says:

    The big question is this: will Christianity focus on the "love" part of Jesus' preaching, or will it focus on the literal translation of the Bible, in so doing, missing the main reason for Jesus' life: to turn people from hatred and intolerance and towards love, inclusion, and tolerance. Jesus constantly forgave sinners and loved those who were "outside the mainstream" (tax collectors, prostitutes, etc.). His gospel is a gospel of LOVE, and if Christians forget that, they will become extinct. And by the way, I'm pretty sure he would have loved gay people and approved of the fact that they love each other. Love is more important than trying to save the institution of marriage as between one man and one woman. In focusing on the "letter of the law," some Christians are missing the main message.


  2. Mr Davis says:

    If by a Gospel of Love you mean not calling people to repent of their lawlessness then I would suggest you look to what Jesus Himself did. He didn't over look sins as you suggest.

    Don't forget, to be a sinner trusting in our own righteousness, our own selves, or in the flesh of any man, is mainstream, it is the wide road that leads to damnation.

    The narrow road says God alone is right. God says faith alone in Christ alone makes us right and he calls me to repent and to conform to His will as identified in His word and demonstrated by His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus. If I am his disciple I will walk as He walked. We have it in the scriptures what He did. I lay down my life for my sheep. I did not come to be served but to serve and give my life as a ransome for many. He calls us to Love one another as He has loved us and He did not leave us as we were. He gave us a new heart and a new Spirit so we would desire the things of God and have the power to follow after Him.

    We are called by Christ Jesus through the Holy apostles to hold one another up in holiness and if any amoungst us are unrepentant we are called to break fellowship with them. We do not get to pick and choose which sins are addressed. Sin is sin.

    1 Corinthians 5:

    1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. 2 And ye are puffed up , and have not rather mourned , that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

    3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

    6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

    9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

    11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

    What did Christ Jesus preach?

    Matthew 4:17 KJV
    From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    What did Jesus tell His disciples to do.

    Mark 6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. 12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

    Acts 2:38 KJV
    Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    The call is the same repent or perish


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