On Wednesday of last week, a thirty-year Police Chaplain with the Stockton Police Department was fired after he sent an eMail disinviting another local congregation to an Easter Sunrise Service that is upcoming. In that eMail, Chaplain Jim Reid expressed that the other congregation, an LGBT Church, has a “diametrically different view” of scripture when it comes to homosexuality.

a-confusing-proverb-jesus-with-sinnersShould he have been fired over such an eMail? That is one question that has to be addressed. But deeper questions also have to be answered. Is this eMail really representative of Christian faith and practice? Is it what Jesus would have done? Is disinviting a congregation to an ecumenical service that celebrates the very foundational aspect of Christianity across the entire spectrum of the faith, really in keeping with the spirit of the event?

Most importantly, did Chaplain Reid cross a very specific line with this eMail? And in crossing that specific line, should it have cost him his job?

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Talk Show host, lifelong Baseball and Star Trek fan, US Navy Submariner and Fire Control Technician (Ballistic Missile) 1st Class Petty Officer (Submarine Qualified), Dave is married with four daughters, one son, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren plus one on the way. He resides quietly in Manteca, CA, where he records his podcast, Plausibly Live, three days a week. He also writes for several other blogs and as a "Stay at home Dad" plays a lot of games with his son. Dave loves books, history and is learning to weld and drive a forklift. Just for fun. Dave is also a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans and a Member of the US Submarine Veterans.

Posted on February 29, 2016, in News & Notes and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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