I recently took the time to attend an MCC - type "church" service. The purpose was to see where these types of congregations are 'at'. Upon leaving the service & visiting some friends, one of them joked that I smelled like a "2-dollar-whore" (whatever that is). Why? It was all the cologne that clung to me. The interesting thing is: I hadn't put any on (just a shot of musk on my crotch after showering). So why did I stink like the perfume isle at the Dollar Store?
It was the service. A service that freaked me out -- not only in the shallowness of theology, but the preoccupation with the gay/AIDS subject, & all the touchy-feely occasions that were made to violate people's personal space. Because I'm a fairly good look'n guy, - I've learned to watch people with my peripheral vision to check out what they're 'checking out'.. What I saw was some of the guys in the congregation eying me as I sat there, -- guys that I wouldn't desire a physical relationship with (much less be smeared with "10,000-flowers perfume" & kiss). Yet during the "greeting" phase, many of these men seemed to think it ok to step into the personal space of a complete stranger (me) to hug (yes, I've been in other churches where the hug thing goes on - which I tolerate), but several of the men decided that a kiss was in order too. I made sure that my posturing made it clear that a "kiss" was not in my constitution. Paul wrote that we are not to use our freedom in Christ to indulge in the "sinful nature", -- yet this is exactly what I feel was going on -- that the context of a "church service" was used as a smokescreen by certain people who wanted to take liberties that would not be permitted in other contexts. While nobody can be sure of the intent of another; -- I do know that Paul wrote that there should not be even a hint of sexual immorality among the congregation -- but what I experienced, stunk of it, -- evidenced by the fact that I stunk of other's perfume after leaving. I think I know the difference between a greeting, & being hit on.
I was told that the service is called a "liturgical" format. This means singing, responsive reading, scripture reading, standing, sitting, standing, sitting (& did I mention standing & sitting). Each time we stood & the music started I almost expected someone to take a chair away the the person left standing would have to leave. After about 45 minutes, I kept hoping they'd take my chair.
What was absent (other than God), was any type of expository on the Scripture. Oh, a section of Scripture was quoted -- but there was no follow up on it. No dissertation! I can't remember the last time I was in a service that honored God with so many lips but so little spirit (well, OK ... I can ... It was in a Baptist church). Perhaps the conclusion I ended up with was that I was as uncomfortable in this "gay-friendly church" as I was in some fundamentalist circles. One being anti-"gay" as the picketers shown on the right; -- and the other extreme being as "pro-gay" - without seeming to censure inappropriate behavior. Both types share the same folly: Both fail to divide the issue properly. And both suffer from a reprobate mind. Amos wrote that a time would come when men would hunger and thirst -- not for food/water, but for hearing of the Word of God. Ironically, with a televangelist on every other channel -- we are quickly reaching a point when lots of people talk about God, without sharing God's message. I believe that this is ultimately due to an unrepentant spirit. One type refuses to repent of a history of hate & prejudice under the guise of "morality"; -- While the other refuses to repent of acts that lead to death. The Spirit of God, who leads men into all truth has been poured out on the nations in this covenant; -- But the first part of the gospel message is "REPENT"! Ironically, both extremes talk about "repentance", yet neither seem able to do so.
Evil tends to dominate because it does not recognize boundaries. Evil is pushy. This is why it is necessary for men of conscience in authority to call it into account. It is a shame to offend people under the guise of Godliness. What would a women think if she attended a church & during the greeting she was bombarded by strange men who wanted to hug & kiss? Why not just go to the bar? At least there, most people ask before taking such liberties! Likewise, a man who goes to a "gay" church & is assailed by touchy-feely-kissy men during "greeting" leaves with the impression that he's been hit on. Do these "gay" men really think that another guy believes for a second that they shut their dick off during the "holy service"? Nope. The "hug" is really a "hit". And a kiss? Totally inappropriate. And what does a guy feel is the "agenda" of those who "hit" on him in a church that does not call the BPT to account? His sense of masculinity feels threatened! And bear in mind -- this article is the experience-summary of a Kinsey-6 G0Y.
So, this is my 1st impression of a "gay affirming" church. I intend to visit on another occasion to see if my 1st impressions are conformed by a second witness. This article will be appended after such time.
- G0Y GUY
2nd visit: "No change to report..."
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