Scott Tibbs
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June 7th, 2004

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No communion for the "rainbow sash" activists

Several people wearing rainbow sashes in support of homosexual rights were denied communion at a Catholic church in Chicago.

I believe the church made the correct decision to refuse communion to these activists. The activists are demanding acceptance of a behavior strictly forbidden by Scripture.

Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. I Corinthians 11:27-30

Refusing to give Communion to the "rainbow sash" activists served a dual purpose. First, it protects those who are openly embracing what the Bible defines as sin.

Second, it serves an evangelistic purpose. Men cannot be saved into God's kingdom unless they first recognize that they have sinned and are unworthy of God's grace.

We often hear from supporters of homosexual rights that we should be "tolerant" of those who follow an "alternative lifestyle". Webster defines "tolerance" as sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own. However, those wearing the rainbow sashes have failed to show tolerance for the beliefs of the church where they protested.

One cannot expect people of faith to change their beliefs based on what you believe or want. That is selfish.