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.