A church I know will be looking for a new minster soon and there was some talk about finding a woman pastor. Two people told me “I hope she is not homosexual.”
I asked them “What if it is a he? Don’t you hope that he is not homosexual?
In November there was a story in the Associated Baptist Press about Sammy Nuckolls. This knucklehead was a Southern Baptist evangelist, former camp pastor at Life Way FUGE summer camps and had a great following of people who came to hear him speak.
But he had one little problem. When he was a house guest while preaching at revivals, he had a little camera hidden in a writing pen. He would leave this camera in the bathroom and video anybody who came inside. The woman of the house saw the pen and picked it up and saw that it had a USB port on the back and – you guessed it – pictures of her bathroom. He was arrested and there were other women who didn’t realize the pen accidentally left in the bathroom was a camera.
Then there is the story today of the Youth Minister Mitchell Rousse who was arrested Jan.11 after police reportedly traced the IP address of a computer used to solicit minors for sexual purposes to his workplace at a Baptist church.
Also in today’s Associated Baptist Press stories, Daniel Acker was arrested for sexual abuse. He had avoided arrest 20 years ago when he was a youth minister at a Baptist church. But now at 49 years old they finally got him.
Why is it that we automatically wonder if a woman is homosexual and never give a thought as to whether the male we hire is homosexual, or if he is engaging in some sexual behavior which would harm women and children, or pornography which is one of the big problems facing the clergy today?
I can tell you why. Both of those people who expressed the feeling that she might be homosexual have been long-time Baptists, and that is what they are taught.
Begging the question – “the premise depends on the truth of the very matter in question.”
Will you help spread the word that women preachers are no more likely to be homosexual than a man is? Will you pray for women that they will be seen as worthy of holding the position of pastor, and not judged to be sinful before they are given a chance?