Tuesday, September 22, 2009

September 22, 2009

Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)



I'm opinionated.

I know that comes as a shock to you.

I'm not judgmental.

Here's the difference as explained to me by an old female African-American about 20 years ago: "You love 'em and let God judge 'em!"



When I was young and famous and not nearly as humble(d) as now, I was called to a fabulously well-to-do church in the Midwest.

That prompted two recollections.

First, from a mentor: "Pastors are never called from one church to another church for less money."

Second, from a seminary classmate: "Somebody's got to minister to the rich."

Be that as it is in most instances, I was one of the youngest pastors of one of the largest churches in the franchise; prompting counsel that was ignored by the calling committee: "You calling Dr. Kopp is like my 25 year old daughter coming to me and saying, 'I have found the perfect man to be my husband. O.K., he's only 12; but it will work out over time.'"

He was prophetic.

Be that as it was in that instance, two elders came to see me shortly after being installed.

They told me that I had to fire the organist because he was gay.

I asked how they knew he was gay.

They said they just knew.

It must have been gaydar.

Anyway, I said they were gossips.

They asked what that had to do with the organist being gay.

I said I'd talk more about it after they figured that out.

We never talked about it again.



A college professor in Ohio said anyone selling drugs should be executed.

His son was arrested for selling LSD in Toledo.

He called and asked if I had any pull with local judges.



An insurance salesman in North Carolina was rabidly pro-life.

His 12 year old daughter became pregnant.

He called to ask absolution after the abortion.



___ happens.

I wish there wasn't so much gray in our time and space.


Yet ___ happens.

I've still got my opinions; and I'm not shy about sharing 'em.

I've just stopped being so judgmental.

I believe that's why Jesus chose grace over law.

There's more wiggle room.

Read Matthew 7:1-6.



Until that happens, I'll keep trying to ride to...



Blessings and Love!

A special thanks to the five of ya'll who sent in some support before the thought police take over!

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