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Thereís the story of President Calvin Coolidge who was better known back in the 1920s when he was President of the United States (1923-1929), he was known as ďSilent CalĒ because he didnít like to speak very often. This drove the reporters of that day up the wall. The story goes that he attended church there in Washington D.C. one Sunday morning and as he was coming out there was a reporter there who wanted to get a quote from the President. So, the reporter asked President Coolidge what the preacher spoke about that morning in church. Silent Cal, without batting an eye, said ďSin.Ē The reporter was taken aback by this but really wanted something to quote, some question that Silent Cal would have to answer at length. So, the reporter asked the President ďSin, huh? Well, what did the preacher have to say about sin?Ē Calvin Coolidge kept on walking and over his shoulder said to the reporter ďHe was against it.Ē



Itís a cute story but it does bring home a point; that we, most of us, anyway, are against sin. Whether youíre conservative in your outlook or liberal in the way you view the world, we donít like sin and weíre against sin.



We donít like it when people break our laws whether theyíre Godís law or our governmentís law. So, we all work hard to keep ďthe law.Ē Whether itís going to jury duty or not littering, I love what we have here in Texas ďDonít mess with TexasĒ or obeying President Bush, as the commander in chief of the armed forces and going to Iraq for the 2nd and 3rd time whether you want to or not.



But thereís the law and thereís the spirit of the law. Whatís behind a law. Why do we have this law? The scribes, the lawyers, the Pharisees never looked at the spirit of Godís love, only the words of the law itself. And so they missed the message of love and inclusion Jesus came to give us.



Thereís a church over in Arlington that a few weeks ago refused to bury a gay man. At first the church officials said they would because, although this man wasnít a member of the church, the churchís custodian was related to the dead man. Then they found out he was gay and decided not to have the funeral at the church. Since then thereís been a debate going on.



Itís a worthy debate. Just who can have funeral services in church? Do we as church members have a right, indeed an obligation to stop a sinner, or anyone for that matter, from being brought to a church one last time before burial?



That this man was gay and his family and friends were going to celebrate his life and mourn his passing in their own way seemed to be an impediment to this church and many Christians, followers of Christ, those who sometimes call themselves ďIn Christ.Ē



Are they confusing living to dying? That is, if living a life of sin will keep one from the Kingdom of Heaven, when we die, is that different?

It seemed to be to Jesus Christ. Paul wrote about what is a sin and homosexuality was just one of