Meditation on Mathew 18:1-14

Is Your Church a Stumbling Block?, Paper Cutout, Phillip Schwartz


Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes!


What are we to do when the Church itself is the stumbling block? This being the month of Gay Pride celebrations around the country has brought into focus the fact that for many LGBTQ people the Church is the stumbling block. We are excluded from full inclusion in many denominations, in some we are not welcome at all. For LGBTQ people of faith it can be hard to find a place to worship in which we feel welcomed and comfortable; that can lead to feelings of alienation not just from the Church but also from God.

Phillip Schwartz


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