Earlier today, I posted about this billboard up in North Carolina:
While I appreciated the sentiment, I wanted to know if it was an attempt to look good without actually pushing for real change. I wanted to know if the church supported same-sex marriage. And, though less important, what did they they think of gay people? Was a person acting on his/her homosexuality condemned to hell for doing so?
Despite my inquiry, I never received an answer from the pastors. But Justin Vacula sent them a similar email and they responded to him. Here’s their email response:
Thanks do much for contacting us regarding the billboard & our church’s stance/beliefs on this topic.
The short answers are that no, we do not believe homosexuality is a sin, and yes we support same-sex marriage.
I have posted a basic theological breakdown of our position below. It can also be found in the “notes” section at Facebook.com/ourheartsarewithyou
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
Spiritual Formation Pastor
Missiongathering Christian Church
That’s fantastic. Even if you don’t believe they’re interpreting the Bible the “right” way, this is something that ought to be happening a lot more often. That church has earned my appreciation (not that they were looking for it) and I hope other churches follow in their footsteps when it comes to LGBT equality.