Michele Bachmann attended an “anti-gay church,” quipped a perturbed commentator. Another derided the prayer given by Rick Perry stating that what we need now is not prayer.

The basis of the outrage was the question: how could these people do such a thing? How could Michele Bachmann attend such a church. How could Rick Perry pray for forgiveness of the nations sin and God’s blessing?* When I heard these questions, the first thought that came into my mind was, what do these people expect?

What do you expect from people who indentify themselves as Christians? If you place any meaning to that word at all it means they believe in God. They believe in prayer. They believe in forgiveness. They believe in a certain moral standard. They believe that individuals should live up to that moral standard. They believe that God forgives the sins of individuals and nations.

If the above is true, then why the shock? Historically, Christianity has stated that sex outside of marriage, with marriage being defined as between a man and a woman, is sin. To many this is considered anti-gay. However, I teach this same truth and I’m not anti-gay. Instead, I’m anti-sin and how it separates people from God. Thus I speak clearly about sin, its consequences, and how God sent His Son to save all man from sin. This should not come as a shock to anyone, because I’m a Christian preacher.**

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