I came across this video earlier today, and I think Pastor Dewey Smith is speaking an uncomfortable truth that many in the church will not acknowledge. His message is directed towards the Black church, but the message is one that I think applies to us all.
Over the course of just under 5 minutes, he swats down the “Get out of Leviticus Free” card that many use to talk down about the sin of homosexuality while ignoring the mote in their own eye. My favorite line is where he talked about others sinning by changing their wives like some people change their underwear. I don’t ever recall any Christian-based business refusing service to anyone who has divorced and remarried even though that is considered a sin.
One of the most thought-provoking sermons I ever had the pleasure of listening to at church was when the preacher described the function of the church itself. He told us to not think of it as a place for the saved. Instead, think of the church as a hospital for sinners who need to be healed. I think that is a very good way of looking at the purpose of the church.
We all have or will commit sins. We should always seek forgiveness of those sins as well. At the same time, we are not the arbiters of anyone’s judgment day, so there’s no reason for us to treat any sinner worse than the others. If you’re going to treat one sin as though it’s worse than the plague, then be consistent and treat them all that way. If you’re going to act as though some sins are nothing to blink at, then treat them all the same way as well. Just be consistent.
Thank you Pastor Dewey Smith for this message. I hope those of you reading this enjoyed it as much as I did. I’d love to hear the entire sermon, so if anyone knows where I can find it, please let me know.
If you want to know more about the preacher, then the church’s website is: http://www.houseofhopeatl.org/