Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.

5/13/2007

Stone sinners or love them?

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza

Ever tilting at windmills, The Questing Parson offers a conversation among pastors where he asks what he considers the fundamental question, "Are we going to stone sinners or love them?" The question is not what we label sin, but how we will respond as a church to sinners. It's online at The Fundamental Question.

Now in fairness to the Gospels, while Jesus does not want the woman caught in adultery stoned to death, he does want her to go and sin no more. Yet, I'm sutr the Parson knows the "Go and sin no more" part of the story and I suspect he is more interested in our welcome and the tone of our churches, while leaving judgment to God. But I could be wrong about that. He writes in part,
Jesus draws a line in the sand"The fundamental issue is whether we are going to stone each other or love each other. And I don’t really give a damn what you do or do not define as sin. It won’t change the fact that the fundamental issue of our faith is whether we are going to stone those we consider sinners or whether we are going to love them."

“It’s not that simple,” said Phil.

“No it’s not,” said Mike in a hushed tone.”

“But it is,” said the parson. “Why would you want to make it more complicated than that?”

Is he right? Is it that simple?

Is the question for a church (and for individual Christians) not what we call sin, but how we respond to sinners?

peace,
Frank+
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor

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  • At 5/13/2007 8:51 AM, Blogger November In My Soul said…

    I think the fundamental question is how do we prepare ourselves so that we can love the sinner? Saying we will is one thing, actually doing it is considerably more difficult.

    Have we prayed, fasted, given alms? Are we humble? The key to loving the sinner is putting aside our pride and realizing we are no better than they are, that we are all lost.

    If our hearts and minds are not aware of our own fallen, depraved state than any discussion about loving sinners is just religious mumbojumbo. is loving a sinner enough? Doesn't love imply compassion, a willingness to help?

     

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