North Carolina church hosts drag performance in opposition to LGBT policy

A Methodist Church in North Carolina is protesting the recent vote within their denomination which kept traditional marriage the official policy of the UMC denomination. In response, Calvary United Methodist Church hosted “drag me to church,” which the church described as “a family friendly drag performance.”

Calvary pastor Chris Agoranos said, “It brings such good and positive energy, which is really what we wanted this to be about,”

This is blasphemy.

Loving and accepting people are good things.

We should love all people.

But we should also love people enough to not affirm sin.

People like to look at the grace of Jesus. We should rejoice and celebrate it. But the same Jesus who associated with the worst sinners also implored people to “sin no more” (John 18:11). When Jesus encountered corrupt practices within the temple, he flipped over the tables and said “my house shall be called a house pdf prayer” (Matthew 21:13).

He didn’t invite people to celebrate sin.

A drag show is exactly that. It is making a mockery of the image of God in which a person was created.

I think of the sins in which the Israelites engaged in the Old Testament. Places of worship became a common locale for sin. Early in the Book of First Samuel, the book talks about the sons of the prophet engaging in sexual relations with temple prostitutes. As I already mentioned, Jesus confronted people who were using the temple to prophet and to fleece the poor.

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Josh Benner  has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has served churches in Minnesota and Illinois. He enjoys writing about faith and culture. He lives with his wife Kari in St. Louis.



Categories: Commentary, Culture, Ethics, lgbt, society, Worldview

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3 replies

  1. Wow! This is really crazy. I really think the present day body of Christ has a hard time trying to figure out how to approach and love the members of the LGBTQ community. And because of societal and cultural pressure we are just saying love them and let them be. Instead of saying yes God loves you, but this is not the life that God has called you too. I like your point about Jesus hanging out with sinners. Even though he hung out with them he still wanted them to live holy and come to God. We can love our LGBTQ family, but they still must be held to the standard of God and told the truth. God have mercy on this Pastor and this church.

    • Absolutely. Thanks for your thoughts. And I definitely think it’s a challenge we face in the current political climate. Society won’t tolerate “love the sinner, not the sin.” Instead the rule is to reject sin and call it love to have apathy about what others are doing.

      • That is true. The funny thing about our current political climate is they want us to be tolerant, but they are not tolerant for what we stand for. But as Christian’s we should stand for God’s word no matter what the politicians or the public says.

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