Sunday, April 23, 2006

Love the sinner, hate the sin.

This morning at our home church, Emmanuel Christian Center, we had a guest speaker in the person of Dr. Gordon Anderson, president of North Central University in Minneapolis.

Dr. Anderson had a powerful message, talking about the Christian faith and how it has become more and more unpopular with each passing day. He even alluded to an incident that took place this past Monday at the North Central campus. An activist group called “Soulforce Equality Riders” paid a visit to the school.

The 33 activists, who are traveling by bus to 19 U.S. colleges with religion-based policies opposed to homosexuality, were locked out of school buildings when they arrived at North Central, which is owned by the Assemblies of God.

They responded by sitting in front of the doors for most of the afternoon. "There was no open mind or heart for us there," said Haven Herrin, 23, of Dallas. "A few students spoke to us, but it was sad to me that most didn't seem to question why we were locked out."

For rider David Coleman, 23, of Delano, the North Central stop was especially resonant. Last year, he was asked to leave the college when he revealed that he was gay.

"I'm afraid that North Central is at the very beginning of the process for thinking through change," he said.

Jacob Reitan, 24, of Eden Prairie, who organized the tour, said the colleges they are visiting "equate homosexuality with sickness and sin. It's time to have a conversation instead of defaming our humanity."

The Christian bible clearly condemns the homosexuality, calling it sin. Mind you, our Heavenly Father still loves us and claims us as His. But He abhors our sin.

So why is it whenever a certain person or entity (in this case, North Central U) upholds biblical truths or takes a moral stance, they’re supposedly “defaming humanity?”

The first amendment of the US Constitution contains the following:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

It appears to me that Soulforce is not only attempting to coerce these 19 colleges into denying what’s in God’s Word but also to surrender their Constitutional rights.

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