In our year-end newsletter, I wrote that “radical love preserves orthodoxy.” Some may fear that Lead Them Home is changing its focus from pastoral care to a doctrinal obsession. Here is my response.
Two months ago, a long-time missionary spoke at my church. For safety reasons, I cannot reveal the person’s identity. After decades of dangerous service in a closed nation, this person’s spouse was brutally gunned down. It was one of the most tragic but beautiful stories that I have ever heard.
Years earlier – after a decade of offering medical service to an isolated people group trapped under the power of a ruthless regime- all Western missionaries were forced out of this particular region. They were later allowed to return, but only under strict prohibitions against sharing the Gospel.
A decision had to be made: would they return if they could not share Christ?
There was quiet anticipation as this missionary paused and gently said: “Many missionaries refused to return, but we did return. It was enough to know that Jesus was behind every act of medical care we offered the people.” The congregation broke into applause with many moved to tears.
All to say: at Lead Them Home, we are not often asked about doctrine and it is never our mission to force that conversation. Rather, it is enough to care for people regarding the hurts they bring to us.
The greatest need today, however, is not for Lead Them Home to care – we already do. Rather, it is for more churches to enhance their welcome of gay people. But how can this happen if so many churches fear that increased kindness is a slippery slope away from biblical truth? This fear cripples many churches from enhancing their care of gay people.
Hence, it is important to share from our eight years of ministry that “radical love honors Jesus, helps hurting people – and preserves orthodoxy.” My intention is to disarm fear, so that more ministry leaders will embrace the Posture Shift that is needed in the church today.
In our view, it is enough to care…for every act of our care is offered in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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