Greencroft has it own TV Channel 13. Every Sunday Morning it broadcasts the College Mennonite Church services live. A recording of the Sunday morning service of the First Baptist Church of Goshen is broadcast on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. So the residents have options.
This week My Joy and I listened to a service from the First Baptist Church. The title of the sermon was “Lessons from a Lefty” based on the story of left-handed Ehud in Judges 3:12-30. (To read the biblical story click here) The preacher did well by explaining the story’s context. My Joy found the story so crude that she went home midway through the sermon. She missed the best part.
The pastor described Ehud’s left-handedness as a gift from God used in God’s service. He urged his hearers to accept a unique trait of their own as a gift from God to be used in God’s service. The point of the sermon should be well taken.
Evangelist Dorothy J. Harding, a recent visitor to Greencroft was born in Mobile, Alabama. She had an alcoholic and abusive father. She uses her gift to sing the Gospel for drug addicts on the streets and in jails.
There was a time when right-handed teachers insisted that small left-handed children use their right hands. The children were unhappy and the teachers failed to secure a permanent change of behavior. You may be surprised by the left-handed black man you see if you click here.
A person’s psychological views may be based on anecdotal evidence. My first understanding of homosexuality was based on the testimonies I heard from believing gays and lesbians. They said that as children they thought they were evil and condemned. They struggled with fears and frustration as the church, community, and family members turned against them. Every one I listened to insisted that they had not chosen their sexual orientation. This narrative was common, and I believed it.
I’ve since learned that the American Psychological Association has studied same sex orientation and supports the stories I heard from gays and lesbians. You may explore the observations of the APA on same sex attraction by clicking here.
Professor Kauffman listed “Revelation” as the last source of a psychological view. Some believers cling to a point of view gained from the Bible against all odds.
What did I learn from the Baptist preacher? Only that left-handedness is a gift from God and that it should be used in God’s service. I believe the preacher could consistently preach that same sex attraction is also a gift from God to be used in God’s service.