Let him who is without sin ...
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The responses critical of Father Sean Major-Campbell's act of washing the feet of lesbian women highlights why Christians, by their actions, are often the biggest obstacles to non-believers accepting Christ.
In the published version of the sermon, I did not see any evidence of Father Major-Campbell condoning homosexuality. I view the act of washing the feet of the woman as symbolic in opening the door which leads to repentance and turning away from the sinful lifestyle of homosexuality.
Why is this being criticised? Remember Jesus' statement, "Let he that is without sin cast the first stone." I guess the church members and others who are critical are without sin! Shouldn't sinners be welcomed in church where they can seek salvation?
Essentially, those who are critical are saying that some sinners are welcome, while some are not. The Bible says ALL (not some) have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. So if the homosexuals should be excluded, why not the adulterers, fornicators, liars, thieves, alcoholics, tax dodgers, child molesters, corrupt business people, drug dealers and all other sinners be excluded as well?
The negative responses from Christian believers simply highlight their sins of hypocrisy, self-righteousness, intolerance, unforgiveness and pride. It is full time Christians stop cherry-picking which sinners to call out and ostracise and recognise that sin is sin, whether big or small.
It is this double standard that non-believers see in Christians that turns them off from seeking a Christ-centred life.
Salvation is free for everyone, as Jesus came to save the lost. No one is beyond redemption, and the Church should be a safe place for all to go and seek Christ. After all, the guy next to him at Golgotha who he guaranteed a place with Him in paradise was a murderer.
Ft Lauderdale, Florida