So when did christian churches (purposeful small c), become more about what they are against, rather than what they are for.
``If Jesus was here tonight, I can guarantee you he'd want him terminated,'' said Pastor Ron Saunders of Largo's Lighthouse Baptist Church. ``Make no mistake about it.''
I would challenge pastor Ron to say on what biblical basis he feels justified in making this statement. The Bible is very clear about being judge-mental and as for taking the Lords name in vain by projecting his own judge-mental nature, it is one of the big ten.
Matt 7:1 "Do not judge , or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. NIV
Rom 14:10 You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat. NIV
I am part of a ministry to the transgender community and this sort of uninformed ignorance makes my job very, very, difficult.
In 1936 Robert K. Merton an American sociologist wrote an article titled "The Unanticipated Consequences of Purposive Social Action," in which he identified five sources of unanticipated consequences. They are in order.
* Imperious immediacy of interest. The consequence is so important to the individual that they chose to ignore unintended effects.
* Basic values.
* Self-Defeating prediction.
pastor Ron hit the first four of the five. He appears to be ignorant of what the Bible truly says concerning those that are transgendered. He is in error in what he has said, and most importantly he chooses to ignore the effect on those who he has been commanded to love. I can not tell him the cost of his imperious interest. There are countless transgender individuals that he and those like him have through their judge-mental nature driven from a relationship with God.