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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

UPDATE: An anti-LGBT Pastor Caught on Grindr.

An outspoken against same-sex pastor found himself in the hot seat after photos of his interaction on a gay dating site called 'Grindr' emerged. In the past, Pastor Matthew Makela likened homosexuals to drunks, then went surfing the internet for other homosexuals. Pastor Matthew, now former, pastor, claimed transgendered persons would molest children and brainwash others to engage in cross-dressing habits. Of course, this is somewhat laughable, but there's an element of truth. We should be concerned about what our kids see, not for religion but for the benefit of the kids. At any rate Matthew, a married father of five struggles with homosexual desires and masks them, by telling other gays how horrible they are.

 "And that’s why this story is not just about Makela’s double life. In an open letter on the St. John’s site, Senior Pastor Reverend Daniel Kempin has announced, “It is my grief to inform you that Pastor Makela announced his resignation as a pastor of St. John’s through a letter that was read in worship on Sunday, May 17.… The details of sin that have been kept confidential are being posted online by those who seek to do harm to the Makela family and to St. John’s. This is taking an already difficult situation and making it even more painful.… The Facebook pages associated with St. John’s have been taken down in an attempt to remove the opportunity for malicious posters to have access to St. John’s members.… I write this to you to warn you that you may be confronted with the details of the sin, and to remind you that sin is never pretty. Don’t panic.… Don’t respond.… Be patient and trust God. This too shall pass.” (1).

I have always said, and never found to be wrong, that most conservatives who preach viciously against homosexuality have something going on in their personal life. That is not to say that if Christians believe homosexuality is a sin that preaching against it means you are gay or hateful. But, there's a difference in which conservatives are vicious, persistent in their attacks, not admonishment or authoritative suggestive rather profound indifference to the nuances to human life, the flesh, and sin. We all come from different backgrounds and our environment and circumstances help shape our world view which for the Christian, God is the center of, and the opinions we have from the Bible, which again we often create between what we know from personal experience and what the Bible says. Because like it or not we all come to a conclusion with a somewhat presupposed idea of the end result, for example, as Christians we see, the Bible says certain things are sin, and inside of us when we see things as sin, we tend to view that which is a sin in slightly different lights, be it sin all the same. What I mean is, the person who struggles with homosexuality can be the most outspoken about it, and they have that experience that their past. Which isn't an indictment against them, we all struggle with what the Bible defines as sin. Some Christians go ruthlessly after homosexuals, and find out there on the other end of hate mail, angry posts written about them, etc., Therefore, I am not that type of Christian to go after any specific sin, because for one, I am a sinner saved by grace, I am nothing special. And, I am certainly no better than anyone else. Some people go after homosexuals and don't care about what is said about that, and I guess that works for them. But I have a sinking feeling, they've engaged in homosexual activity, or have thought about it. Human nature is to find affection, but at times we all seek misguided affection and admiration, which by definition is superficial at best. If Christians preach against homosexuality while at the same time engaging in homosexual relationships, they don't need our chastisement rather the love of God. Is someone born gay, I honestly don't know, I do know people are attracted to certain types of people, and that's not a sin. Meaning, some people are attracted to white redheads, others, blondes and such, and that's not a sin. The attraction is also conditionally based on one's experiences, surroundings, environments, upbringing etc., As far as executing gays, in NO way do I support such ideology, unlike conservatives who would like homosexuals to be murdered. People like Steven Anderson who said killing gays is the cure for AIDS. No, I am not joking, that's what he said. Now, this moron apparently doesn't realize that heterosexuals have AIDS too.

As Christians, we should all want to save people not condemn all people. I have never condemned homosexuals, and I never will. Although I understand why some Christians, specifically the Religious Right cries out against the so-called alternative lifestyles, I disagree with the premises they base their presupposed claim, which is the antagonist, self-righteous attitude and indifference to what people may be struggling with when they come to God. It's worth noting that even when you come to God, as you know their problems don't disppiate, but you try to live in the Spirit. Which in no way means you won't stumble 10,000 times, but you get back up and keep fighting through God's power. It's like some people say you have got to fix yourself before you fix someone else, and there's a lot of truth in that. So, the fact that you're dealing with something shouldn't be overshadowed by the fact that you have things to work on in your life. I pray for Matthrew's family and that they'd find peace and resolution through God.

Source 1). MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS. (20 May 2015). An anti-LGBT pastor’s Grindr outing: The church’s hypocrisy and denial are the real sins Pastor Matthew Makela compared gays to alcoholics, then went looking for hook-ups with guys online. Salon. http://www.salon.com/2015/05/20/an_anti_lgbt_pastors_grindr_outing_the_church s_hypocrisy_and_denial_are_the_real_sins/? utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

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