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In light of the Pope's visit and the media frenzy over his messages and speeches, it seems appropriate to ask where any homily, speech or interview spoke of the grace of God. He spoke of many things and church leaders were on all forms of media also speaking about economics, wealth, and the environment.
As many of you know I was able to travel to Sri Lanka for five weeks returning back to the US just last week. By the grace of God, I was able to teach two classes at the Colombo Theological Seminary and participate in the 10th graduation ceremony while I was there.
We live in a world, nation, and culture that is divided, and this moral divide seems to be increasing at an increasing rate. One such division is around the homosexuality issue. There is a large spectrum of belief and positions held with one extreme occupied by the gay activists that protest, publicly criticize the church and blaspheme God. Beyond asking for tolerance of the homosexual lifestyle they rather demand a whole-hearted endorsement that never seems to be enough to satisfy them.
In 2005 I preached a sermon in which I expressed growing concern regarding the growing acceptance of the gay lifestyle as the norm in America. I was told by some not to do that again. I was careful not to accuse any gay individual of a sin worse than the sins that I struggle with and for which I have been forgiven by the grace of God.
I was reminded of a story I read some time ago about the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, the famous Reformer whose preaching brought truth, mercy, and joy to the city of Geneva.