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Woe to You Shepherds!
As a pastor, I constantly felt the stern warning of the prophet Ezekiel breathing down my neck: “Woe to you shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!”
Here’s the thing: many pastors and churches feel that allowing LGBTQ people in destroys the church. They genuinely and sincerely feel that they will defile the flock.
So they make it their business to exclude them… or at the most ruminate, consider, vote, study, vacillate, procrastinate, and equivocate forever while the LGBTQ people wait outside the fold.
I always thought this verse a little later on…
“You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd…”
… applied in this very situation.