At the present time, I am not a very popular person in my country. As a white, southern, conservative, upper-middle class, evangelical, protestant, Christian who is ordained, straight, absolutist, and motivated, I am persona non grata – an unwelcome individual. So how am I — as one who on the issue of Gay Marriage stands with the minority on the Supreme Court, as one who stands in the minority in the American church, and as one scorned and ridiculed by the majority in our culture — to minister and share the religious teachings of Jesus Christ?
Matthew 10 was of great assistance to me this morning:
And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of…
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