||Article|| As you read this, I would like you to imagine how things might be different today if the ideas here were widespread in churches 30-40 years ago. It is unfortunately common for churches to be slow to respond properly to difficult social issues – too often the response has been silence, reactionary, or capitulation. Nevertheless, “late” is better than “never” and churches are increasingly taking these kinds of ideas on board.

This pastoral passage was first written for LRBC on July 15 2015. It highlights the difficult position many Christians find themselves in – wanting to hold their line on morality without being a voice of condemnation to those who differ. Our message as representatives of Christ is an invitation to reconciliation with God – a difficult message in modern society, yet one that is made in good will.