RESPONSE: Bishop George McKinney
On March 30, an MSNBC news anchor accused the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) of “race-baiting” for (among other charges) writing in a 2009 in-house document, “We … need to … interrupt the attempt to equate gay with black, and sexual orientation with race; we need to make traditional sexual morality intellectually respectable again in elite culture.” “Maggie,” anchor Tom Roberts asked NOM’s Maggie Gallagher, “Do you defend your own race-baiting to further bigotry and homophobia on a national level?”
As one of those black church leaders who has worked in the field with Maggie and others to protect our culture’s understanding of marriage as a union of one man with one woman, I will answer Mr. Roberts’ question. Race is different from sexual orientation, and equating the two (as many gay marriage theorists and advocates do) is unreasonable. And America would certainly be a better place if traditional sexual morality received more respect in elite circles.
The Church of God in Christ is the largest black Pentecostal denomination and the fifth largest Christian denomination in the United States. It has worldwide membership in 60 countries. We oppose same-sex marriage because it is contrary to God’s Word and opposed to the natural order.”
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RESPONSE: Bishop George McKinney
Some things you can count on. You can count on the Jews always holding Jerusalem in high regard. You can count on Muslims holding Mecca in equally high regard, and you can count on The Church of God in Christ always holding their Convocation in Memphis. Wrong! This year the Convocation was held in St. Louis. They left their historic hometown in search of bigger and better. Yes, they found a bigger venue that could accommodate all of the attendees, but they lost that familial spirit. The spirit that made many of the saints get up early to get a seat or go to one of the local churches like historic Mason Temple to watch the service via simulcast. Sure it was an inconvenience but that was part of the Memphis experience. If a person attended the Convocation for the first time this year they will have no idea of the rich history that they have missed. To move the Convocation form city to city makes it nothing more than a convention. Bishop CH Mason, Bishop L. H. Ford, Bishop J. O. Patterson and Bishop G.E. Patterson loved this city. Mason and the Pattersons were locals and Ford although from Chicago shared that same affection for the city. They all had a direct connection to the founder and the church. Bishop Blake is a global presence and he has more of a global point of view. He is from the West Coast so he comes to the table with a very different point of view. He was receptive to change. Some say change is the only constant. Change for the better is always a good thing but change for the sake of change is not. Some things you can count on, but the Convocation always being in Memphis is no longer one of them, and in a word that is—Sad.
This morning I read a story on the Gay Christian Movement website hosted by DL Foster. “The Memphis Commercial Appeal broke the story yesterday. Minister Dwayne Wilson of the St Mark COGIC (Church of God in Christ) in Memphis was arrested and charged with statutory rape of a 16 year female member of the church’s choir where he served as music minister.” If that is not egregious enough the pastor has refused to remove him from his position in the church. Ronald Rolfe, the church’s pastor refused to remove Wilson from his position saying that the Bible calls for us to love and forgive. “The word of God teaches us to forgive and to pray,” said Rolfe. “The best thing I can do as a clergyman is to extend God’s hands of forgiveness.” As a Christian I believe in forgiveness and judge ye not that you be not judged, but in this case the girl’s father chased the alleged rapist out of his house and he subsequently hid from the police. If nothing else this guy needs to be silent until this matter is adjudicated. “The girl’s father said he and his wife found a man in their daughter’s bed at about 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 17. The man fled but was arrested soon after by police. Officers found his keys in the bedroom and Wilson lying on the floor of a Toyota parked down the block, according to the police affidavit. The teenager told officers that she had sent Wilson a text message earlier that evening inviting him to sneak into the house, the report stated.” There are all kinds of people in the church and everyone that claims to be saved is not if what is alleged proves to be factual this guy will do jail time and to have a pastor refuse to sit him down might not be criminal, but it is wrong and if I were a member I would be looking for a new church home.