(The following article was written two years ago by Rev. Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. You can follow Pastor Brock on Facebook - here and Twitter - here.)
In the early 70s, I attended the University of Texas at Austin and taught my first Sunday school class at a Lutheran church near the campus. I have fond memories of this church so decided to attend this morning's worship service since I have been in Texas for a conference. The below pictures say it all. One is greeted by a large banner proclaiming they are LGBT friendly. Their website explains they "marry" homosexual couples. I needed to use the restroom before the service and found the below sign on the door. I was confused and not sure whether to go in so I found another bathroom, but it had the same confusing sign. I am guessing the signs were altered to make them "transgender friendly" bathrooms. I used the restroom and was grateful no one was inside. The bathroom had multiple stalls so I am not sure how they are handling this. I can't imagine an elderly woman feeling comfortable with this, I sure wasn't.
The worship service was what one expects from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, de-sexed liturgy and de-sexed hymns to avoid calling God "He." The visiting preacher said in his sermon that sometimes "God lets Her hair down." The total number in attendance including the preacher, the vicar, and the organist, was 10.
Then I took a walk around my old University of Texas campus. The next two pictures are from the liberal United Methodist campus church. Notice how rebellious the sermon series sounds. The last picture of the cross surrounded by the gay rainbow is from the University Baptist Church, which was kicked out of the Southern Baptist denomination and joined the more liberal American Baptist Church.
All in all, a sad day. How the Church has fallen.
In Jesus our Savior,
Pastor Tom Brock
(See Pastor Brock's Facebook post here.)
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