“Hate Is Not a Christian Value!”
Moderator of Global Metropolitan Community Churches Responds to Spray-painted Threat on Church Door
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson is the Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches, which has ministries around the world. Dr. Wilson was part of the first LGBT faith delegation to meet with a sitting president in 1979. She became a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2011.
Leaders of the global denomination, Metropolitan Community Churches, decried the spray-painted threat on the door of Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer in Augusta, Georgia, on the night of July 20, 2015.
“We are clear this is not just vandalism; this is life-threatening hatred. When people who cite chapter and verse to send others to hell, they are usually prepared to personally send you there,” said Global Moderator Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson. “It is sad that we have to remind people that hate is not a Christian value.”
|Vandals leave spray-painted messages of hate and violence at Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer, Augusta, Georgia, on July 20. A GoFundMe account has been established to repair the damage and purchase a security system. (photo by R. Sosbe).|
“As an African American woman, I know that hate is hate. Whether it is the shooting of the Charleston nine, burning of churches, or spray-painted threats on church doors, the intent is to silence us with fear for our lives,” said the Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, Director of the Office of Emerging Ministries. “We will not be silent! Silence will not protect us. It will only embolden those who use guns, torches, and spray paint because they have not opened themselves to the power of love.”
Rev. Rick Sosbe, Senior Pastor at Church of Our Redeemer, said, “In Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer here in Augusta, we believe that love is love and that all people are equal before God. After the U.S. Supreme Court decision that declared that the Constitution allows all people to marry the person they love, someone stole our rainbow flag from the front of the church. This spray-painted threat is an escalation of hostility and we are taking it very seriously.”