Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes Comes What?

 The Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Greensburg, IN believes in involving its young people in its weekly services. Recently, a four year old little boy took the stage before the congregation and sang for the adults in the sanctuary. What did he sing? Maybe "Jesus Loves Me?" Nope. How about "Amazing Grace?" Nope. Instead of one of those old beloved hymns he sang a little ditty who's title I don't actually and it may not even have one. The audio is a little hard to make out but you tell the young man is pleased as punch to be singing for the big folks this day.

The "hook" of the lyric turns out to be, "Ain't No Homos Gonna Make It To Heaven." The audience erupts in approving applause and the gentleman on the stage, who appears to be Pastor Jeff Sangl, smiles from ear to ear as the boy sings the line. As the crowd continues to whoop and holler in appreciation of what this 4 yr. old is singing, you can hear a male voice shout out proudly, "That's my boy!!!"

The Apostolic Truth Tabernacle describes itself on its website as an Apostolic Pentecostal Church, which places it in a strongly conservative spot on the faith / tolerance continuum. God's Word is God's Word and doesn't need to be watered down or apologized for.

With this video making the rounds now, the church posted a message on its homepage dated today:

5/30/12 - The Pastor and members of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle do not condone, teach, or practice hate of any person for any reason. We believe and hope that every person can find true Bible salvation and the mercy and grace of God in their lives. We are a strong advocate of the family unit according to the teachings and precepts found in the Holy Bible. We believe the Holy Bible is the Divinely-inspired Word of God and we will continue to uphold and preach that which is found in scripture.

Seriously, that's fine. They say right there on their webpage that they don't hate anybody no matter what. Why would they lie? I just need someone to explain to me how the whoopin' and hollerin' is a display of love for their fellow man. I could be wrong, but I'm guessing there might be a few gay people in Greensburg, IN who would'nt have felt very "loved" had they been in the sanctuary that morning.

Scripture tells us "Judge not, lest ye be judged..." which is perfectly acceptable principal. Somehow, this little boy has already been taught that certain people ain't gettin into Heaven. Not because they're bad people, but because they're gay. Can a four year little boy really begin to process what the concept of a person being gay is all about? A four year old? Seriously?

Watch the video:

Children singing in Church to enthusiastic... by f100001838231867

I think what bothers me so much about this video isn't so much what the adults are doing but what the child is. Some adult, probably a parent, taught him this song and these words and trained him to be able to repeat it all on his own. I don't believe the child has any clue what he's singing about. That said, the imagery is sickening. To exploit a child like this to spread your hatespeech and bigotry interpretation of "the grace of God's love" takes some bad judgement of biblical proportions.

This would never have happened in the Methodist Church I was raised and if it had, my parents would've stood us up and walked us right out the front door. See ya...

It seems the more conservative element of our country is taking a few big steps toward the right and away from anything remotely resembling a moderate position on several things. Especially homosexuals and women's reproductive rights. Last week I wrote about Reverend Worley of a church in North Carolina who suggested "...putting all the gays in a big cage and drop food down to them." Some of the good people of the Tarheel State feel (13% at least) that Homosexuality should be a federal crime. Kansas preacher Curtis Knapp said in a recent sermon that the Government should kill all the gays in the country.

I know, I know...those guys don't speak for the mainstream of religion. No, they don't but it seems there's more and more of them looking at the "mainstream" as some sort of failed purity test. Its not fair to judge a faith by a few outspoken outliers, is it? Of course not. But what to do? How does a church convince those around it that they're not extreme, not radical?

I'm not sure, to be honest with you since I stopped attending Church a long time ago. Perhaps I'll give one of my Muslim friends a call and see if they have any helpful hints...


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