I have heard many sermons about the excitement of the life of the early church and a desire to get back to it. I've also been reading Ephesians so apologies to those who have already heard this thought for the day/week/ next few weeks.
In Ephesians 4 Paul rebukes the church for, amongst other things:
And that's the church. It's a fearsome list and would probably mean St Paul's at Ephesus failed the mission audit hospitality criteria and got transfered to some emergency intermediate alternative pastoral care measure.
You see the church at Ephesus, and perhaps this would have been true of the other churches to which this apparently circular letter was passed, were converting people with severe behavioural difficulties. They got Christ but still stole. Yes folks, thieves were being converted. As were brawlers. Why? Well it's a wild guess but it seems to me that nobody condemned until after the Gospel had been heard and reacted to.
Does this have a message to those who wish to say, 'No same sex relationships under my roof.' I rather think it does. If I genuinely want to say 'gays welcome' shouldn't I mean it by welcoming them without condemnation?
The Bible has certain implications for our sexual behaviour, although Christians are divided about precisely what those are. Let's not put the cart of condemnation before the horse of the Gospel. In fact even with a woman caught in adultery Jesus, apparently, stopped short of condemnation. He just told her to sin no more.
More good news please and less protest about the sensible proposals of a government trying to do its best to make our country a level playing field.