Jul 19, 2014 · 12:00 PM
NO MORE BULLIES IN THE PULPIT!!!
When did it become okay to preach prejudice from the pulpit in a Christian church? Many members of the LGBTQIA family have experienced hate and venom from pastors who claim that it’s an acceptable Christian practice to use the sermonic moment to communicate hatred.
Originally, a pulpit was a platform that a skilled fisherman would use to throw spears into the hide of an unsuspecting whale. During the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt in 1902 the term “bully pulpit” became popular. The president’s podium was a place that conveyed authority to the words uttered from its sacred precincts.
Historically, the Christian church has used the pulpit as its central shrine because it was the place of proclamation of the good news. How did this all change? When and why did it become okay to preach hate and wield words like weapons and aim these sharp spears into the hearts and souls of the LGBTQIA community?
On July 19th God’s Banquet Table will discuss the issue of violence from the pulpit. We look forward to seeing you there and bring a friend along.