“All are welcome” vs. “Hate has no home here.” Both these signs are from churches. The top one is obviously from the Episcopal church, the bottom one from another church of a different denomination, near the one I attend.
Both signs undoubtedly refer to the same issue, homosexuality. The two churches probably agree completely on it.
Except one says all are welcome, and the other one disagrees.
I’ve already expressed my thoughts on the first sign, over at The Stream. I have questions now for the church that’s posted the second one.
Suppose someone who hated someone walked in your door on Sunday morning. Suppose they were looking for a relationship with God. Would you tell them they weren’t welcome?
No? I thought not.
Suppose someone walked in and said, “I hate slavery!” Would you turn them away?
No? Again, that’s no big surprise.
Now, suppose someone showed up, you got talking about LGBT, and she said this:
“I disagree very strongly with gay marriage and homosexual physical intimacy, but my disagreement isn’t motivated by hate. It’s because I’ve studied the matter, and I’m convinced it leads in the long run to harmful outcomes that really hurt real people. Moreover, my in-depth study of the Bible leads me to conclude that God prohibits such things.”
Would you say she was unwelcome?
Harder Questions Yet
It takes a very specific kind of hate to be excluded from here, doesn’t it?
I’m curious, then. How did you choose that one above all the others?
And finally, what do you think about the Episcopal Church’s statement, “God loves you, no exceptions, and [implied] all are welcome”?