Cecil Howard Sinclair was a Navy veteran who died this week at 46 from an infection after having surgery. His brother, a janitor and member at High Point Church, arranged for a funeral service to be held there. After reading the man's obituary, church officials discovered something crucial. Something that prompted the immediate cancellation of Sinclair's service just 24 hours prior to the event. Cecil Sinclair was gay.
It turns out that High Point was not willing to run the risk of giving people the impression that their church endorsed homosexuality. I'm not sure how it works, but apparently using your church building to host a funeral service for a member's love one who was gay means that you also accept/condone being gay. Whatever your stance is (here's mine), a church that doesn't want to serve and love others in your community just because you don't approve of the type of choices they make or how they live should close its doors and hit the road.
In the defense of Gary Simmons, the church's pastor, he did have the following to say, "We did decline to host the service — not based on hatred, not based on discrimination, but based on principle. Had we known it on the day they first spoke about it — yes, we would have declined then. It’s not that we didn’t love the family.”
Well, then who didn't you love?
Posted by Chase Roper