By making the sermons public the pastors will bring attention to an issue that will increasingly require thoughtful, public exposition.
By making the sermons public the pastors have an opportunity to honestly proclaim what the Bible teaches about God’s design for masculinity & femininity.
By making the sermons public the pastors will have a chance to engage in true & real discussion about gender, sexuality, & marriage.
By making the sermons public the pastors will be able to demonstrate a gracious & Christlike attitude about God’s truth.
Most importantly, by making the sermons public the pastors will demonstrate obedience to the commands of God in the Word by obeying civil authorities. (Romans 13:1-87)
Now I know the push backs many will have to this approach so let me make my case why I think handing over the sermons is the best course of action. Too often American Christians look first to their feelings, next to the Constitution, & then lastly to the Bible. I believe this is a case of that once again. The pastors in Houston have a golden opportunity to share the Gospel in the public square by handing over their sermons. Its interesting because most churches make their sermons available to anyone who asks. Now that someone is asking for them, they’re clamming up. Do I believe that the City of Houston is overreaching their Constitutional rights? Yes, yes I do. However, if the pastors in Houston value sharing the Gospel above all else they will hand over their sermons, which we can only assume contain multiple, clear presentations of the Gospel. When the Apostles faced legal issues they looked for every opportunity to use it as a chance to share the Gospel. How does refusing to make their sermons public serve to proclaim the message of salvation in Christ? I think by fighting for their Constitutional rights the pastors are missing the point. Some day in America laws will be passed, like in communist countries, that outlaw sharing the Gospel openly. What will these pastors do then? Are we willing to face true persecution for the privilege of evangelism? The way to promote the Gospel & win the “culture war” is not to stand behind the Constitution, it is to hide ourselves in the plan of the sovereign God who works all things together for our good & His glory.