Ever since I did my now-famous sermon, God Loves Gays,
I am frequently asked about my views on what kind of church MercyChurch
is. I am asked by gays and straights alike, “So are you a gay-affirming
church?” To be really honest, I don’t like that title because it’s so
polarizing and exclusive sounding, at least to me it is. Almost like we only
welcome gays in MercyChurch, or that gays are
our primary target group. And that’s just not the case.
Our church attempts to reach people far from God, and all types
of people are far from God! Our church is very diverse. We have gays, straights,
blacks, whites and Hispanics. We have rich and poor people. We have
Republicans and Democrats. We have people who are single, married, divorced,
young, old, moms, dads and college students. We have trendy people and
those who are not so trendy. We have people with tattoos and piercings. We have
lawyers, doctors and CEOs! We have sinner people at Mercy, all shapes
and sizes, and I love it!
I call MercyChurcha People-AffirmingChurch
with a God agenda! Plain and simple. That’s it! We feel compelled to love
people right where they are while helping them grow to be whatever God wants
them to be!
I can tell you one thing; it has taken me many years to free
myself of the role as judge and jury over people. Wow, life is so much better
when you don't have to try to be God to people, but simply be a person who
points the way to God, and let people work out their own salvation. As I often
say, there are going to be a lot more people in Heaven than most Christians
think! And I will be glad I loved them here, because we will be together for a
very long time ... like forever!
I want to accomplish one thing in my life, besides being a great husband, a great father and having a great head of hair! And that one thing is to help people have healthier happier relationships!