Following up on the story of the mega-church that refused to bury Cecil Sinclair, a war veteran, because he was gay, here’s the mega-pastor’s explanation:
The pastor said that he could imagine a similar situation involving a different sin. Perhaps a mother who is a member of the church loses a son who is a thief or murderer, Mr. Simons said. The church would surely volunteer to hold a service, he said.
“But I don’t think the mother would submit photos of her son murdering someone,” he said. “That’s a red light going off.”
The best he could do to show that he’s not a bigot is to compare a veteran who risked his life for his country, and who fell in love with another man, to a thief and a murderer? If this is his idea of not being bigoted, I’d hate to hear what he has to say when he goes all out hating on people.
Smile and smile and be a villain
Ray Simons is of that brand of smarmy young pastors who appeal to their followers by being hip and handsome (actually, I think he looks a bit creepy, but I’m sure that plastic look is appealing to his flock) and on the surface as different from the old fire-and-brimstone ministers of the past. But don’t be fooled. Scratch below the air-brushing and the veneered smile, and you’ll find a soul as ugly as any other hate monger’s.
Are they not even claiming to “hate the sin, love the sinner” anymore? If this was really about thinking homosexuality is a sin and not about hate and bigotry, wouldn’t they have responded to Cecil Sinclair the way Jesus responded to the woman who had committed adultery? With love? Instead, Ray Simons is the very model of a modern major pharisee.
Someone who says he’s Cecil Sinclair’s partner, Paul Wagner, wrote in to Jim at Box Turtle Bulletin and to the Dallas Morning News, with more details of what happened. It’s a sad story.
But Ray Simons can keep on smiling. He has a congregation of thousands each giving him 10% of what they own. That’s quite a racket. Although if I were Pastor Ray and believed in the unerring truth of the Bible as he claims to, I might worry less about Leviticus 18:22 and more about Matthew 19:24: “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
I wonder how many members of High Point Church drove to church this morning in SUVs with “support our troops” magnets slapped on the back, while their pastor turned away the grieving family of a soldier. I wonder how many of them will begin to wonder if Pastor Ray really does “Got Jesus?”