Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Gracious Response to the "Disciples of Intolerance"

Once again, those who want everyone else to tolerate them demonstrate how intolerant they are. This time they put pressure on a leading business executive to not speak at Willow Creek's Leadership summit. And he bowed out.

In the video, Pastor Bill Hybels graciously explains the position of his church. I hope you'll watch and listen carefully. I've used the same explanation, that at Nags Head Church we don't ask anyone at the door their beliefs or about their sexual lives. Everyone here, as they are at Willow Creek, is welcome to attend and hear the Gospel.


Bryan said...

I'm sorry, I guess I don't understand this position. Do you also believe that people should tolerate racism? I don't see how it's any different. You and your chruch's views that gay people shouldn't be allowed to have the same legal rights as straight people is, in my eyes, no different than people not wanting to allow "blacks" to use the same water fountain

Rick Lawrenson said...

Bryan, it's because we're viewing from a different perspective. My position believes God created humankind as male and female and that marriage in His design is between a man and a woman.

Your assumption is that God created some hetero and some homo. My belief is that sexual behavior is a choice.

One's race is not. So, no, I don't tolerate racism, nor do I believe it should be tolerated. I guess that makes me "intolerant". How about you?

Rick Lawrenson said...

For a more detailed answer to that question I encourage you to go to this link and read their answer.

Bryan said...

It's fine that you belief that, no one is asking you to get "gay married." But, denying others their rights based on your religious beliefs is not just wrong and intolerant it's also unconstitutional.
And let me ask you this: how old were you when you decided to be straight? Think about that next time you say sexuality is a choice. Not even the Catholic Church belives that anymore.
I don't even know why I read this blog. Your thoughts always leave me discouraged and disappointed in mankind. I won't be coming back

Lindsay said...

I agree with Bryan that people don't choose to be homosexual.

Rick Lawrenson said...

I guess Bryan didn't read the link, or else he found it baseless.

You're right, Bryan (although you won't read this because you're not coming back). I should said, "Acting on homosexual feelings is a choice". But then, acting on heterosexual feelings is a choice as well, isn't it?

I doubt comments on this blog will resolve the issues that face our culture.

Betsy said...

Just a word of encouragement here: I don't happen to agree with many of your views, but I'll keep reading because you write in a calm and caring manner, with respect for all, and your words encourage me to think about what it is that I do believe. And, in the end, we're both on the same page about that: God loves us!

Kristen said...

I appreciated your posts...I don't come often but I do come every once in a while 'cause I agree with much of what your saying.