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Embrace the Gospel of love


It is evil to abuse persons, to hurt a person’s dignity and sense of worth, and not even realize we are doing it.

Growing up in South Carolina, racism was accepted and the black person was looked at as inferior and degraded by the so-called gentle people in churches, who believed themselves to be sharing God’s own truth. It is so painful to see the holy Scripture used as a weapon and a way to keep a person inferior.

This Scripture interpretation was wrong. Many good church people are using the same interpretation to abuse and hurt the homosexuals. The biblical invitation is an openness to everyone “whoever will come to the Christ.” We cannot let the words of Christ be cheapened by interpreting the Scripture to suit one’s prejudices and fears.

Look at what the Bible says about “the body of Christ.” Paul tells us in Galatians 3:28 that “there is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ.” The New Testament calls “the body of Christ” the “beloved community.”

We all need painful honesty, selfawareness and greater understanding of the Gospel of love.

The Rev. John Culp, retired
Columbia


Publication: South Carolina United Methodist Advocate; Date: June 2015; Page: 5


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