Friday, December 18, 2009

Christianist Churches Refuse to Serve Christ

Christianist Churches Refuse to Serve Christ is an appropriate headline for an article with information about 3 Kalamazoo churches that have withdrawn their support of a ministry that serves the hungry, the poor, and the homeless.  Indeed, as conditions in Michigan become more dire by the day for the poor and hungry, the Agape Christian Church, Word for Life Church of God, and the Centerpoint Church have chosen to withdraw from an ecumenical ministry because one of the 8 other churches involved in serving Christ is a tad more accepting of homosexuals than those 3 congregations and their ministers.  From the Kalamazoo News:

Martha’s Table, through which eight churches have provided Sunday
afternoon worship and meals for the needy at First Congregational
Church, is losing three of the churches because of the issue of
homosexuality, even though the ecumenical ministry takes no position on
it, said the Rev. Matt Laney, pastor of First Congregational.

The ministry was founded in 2007 with the desire to serve Christ without matters of dogma or beliefs getting in the way of that service.  Apparently, the recent passage of an ordinance by the City of Kalamazoo that protects Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered (GLBT) folks from discrimination in housing, jobs, and public accommodations was a bit too much Christianity for the 3 groups now declining to participate in serving the needs of the poor and the hungry.

How very sad for the community of Kalamazoo.  What a Great Witness for the Lord.

(H/T to Joe.My.God via Box Turtle Bulletin)

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