A Sugar Hill, Georgia Pastor proclaimed that he was sorry to his community— sorry for the judgmental tone that comes from most Christians.
A Georgia Baptist pastor who pledged to apologize to gays, women seeking abortions, and couples who live together outside marriage during his March 30 sermon did just that – and then he offered an evangelistic invitation that would have been at home in any traditional Baptist congregation.
Was this done just to get attention?
The sermon garnered considerable attention in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution prior to its delivery and was covered by all of the city’s television stations. Pastor Richard Mark Lee said the apology for intolerance and “getting in the way of Jesus” was long overdue and was needed in a world polarized by the Christian church.
I don’t think that was the only reason, but if you read the whole article you’ll find that part of it is poll driven, part sincerity, and part as a means to bring people into the church.
I know that this is the current mode of thought among the Emergent Church circles that I read, and yet part of this concept appeals to me– the part that says that we need to reach out and meet people where they are. However, sin is still sin. Abortion still kills a baby. And if I say “well, it’s ok for them to abort, because they’re unsaved” should I also say “it’s ok for someone to murder or rape another, because they’re unsaved. I shouldn’t judge them.”
Somehow the logic seems a little flawed there.