Word of Christ Before Cultural Trends

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, August 14, 2003

Word of Christ Before Cultural Trends

Reverend Steven Randall is an Episcopal priest in Catonsville, Maryland. Last Sunday, from his pulpit, he said he could not accept his denomination's approval of an openly homosexual bishop.

Randall said his church would no longer send its monthly $5000 donation to the Episcopal diocese of Maryland.

He compared the decision to elevate a homosexual priest to bishop to the hijacking of an airplane. Randall said he would be removed in time from his position by church authorities and that he will lose his paycheck, his pension and insurance.

He said he was taking a stand based on biblical truth, not cultural fancy. He predicted the Episcopal Church "will carry more people to hell than it will save. It is a flying coffin doomed to destruction and despair."

Wouldn't it be nice if more pastors put Christ and his word first instead of cultural trends? Wouldn't God be more pleased if people stopped trying to win the praise of the world and started earning the favor of God?

At least one Episcopal minister has made the choice. I suspect there will be more.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.