Yesterday or earlier in the week, Carrie Underwood came out in support of gay marriage. Not surprising, its a Hollywood thing. She even called her church "gay friendly." What does this mean?
It's a shame. I'm kind of looking at churches right now, trying to figure out where I fit in. Finding a church used to be about style of worship and little particulars like speaking in tongues or baptism. Now I have to make sure a church doesn't support homosexuality. I shouldn't have to ask that question. If the Bible calls it sin, then that should be the end of it. Now, you have churches like Carrie's that are "gay friendly." "Gay Friendly" churches are a type of dead church, they've fallen into culture and out of the word of God. This people-pleasing tainted version of Christianity is Carrie Underwood's religion. It has to be or else she wouldn't say what she said.
Carrie said, "Above all, God wanted us to love others. It's not about setting rules, or [saying] 'everyone has to be like me'. No. We're all different. That's what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It's not up to me to judge anybody." Is this the Hollywood translation of the Bible, because I've never heard of this? God's goal for us isn't to be the same or to be different, but to be more like Him and different from the world. She's right that it's about love, but this idea of "love" in these dead gay friendly churches is out of touch with who God is. Love isn't seeing your brother in sin and keeping your mouth shut. Love isn't keeping your mouth shut because you're afraid of the reaction. Love isn't ignoring parts of the Bible because they don't measure up to what the world is doing. Some so-called Christian churches are deciding that homosexuality is okay. Their decision doesn't change what God has said. God called it sin and serving your sin instead of Jesus will land you in hell. If you don't tell someone that...then you're not loving them. That's not hate, that's the Bible.
Jesus didn't sugarcoat, Paul didn't preach a dumbed down version of Christianity, and neither of them gave a damn about anyone's feelings. Both of them, however, spoke on sin and the consequences of sin and they were honest about it. We are called to do the same. For the wages of sin is death. Carrie's church doesn't change that.