Last Monday, 46-year-old Cecil Sinclair died of heart condition that he had been suffering from for six years. Though he did not belong to a church, High Point Church, where his brother Lee is employed, volunteered to hold a memorial service for him. However, when the family began to plan the service, the church found out that Sinclair was a homosexual, and the family wanted to display photos that demonstrated this lifestyle as well as have the Turtle Creek Chorale, a gay choir group, sing, and have ahave an open microphone format to allow anyone who attended to speak. When the church was informed of these conditions, they refused to allow it, saying that it was against their policy to condone a homosexual lifestyle for their service.
This dilemma is a problem that Christian organizations have been faced with, showing compassion to the gay community while condemning the lifestyle itself. The church had been praying for Sinclair, a native of Forth Worth, Texas and a Navy veteran who served in Desert Storm, ever since they received word that he had gotten sick. In a statement issued to the public, the church said that they did everything they could to comfort the family at the time that Mr. Sinclair first passed away.
The memorial service was offered free of charge, and when they declined the familyâ€™s memorial requests, they offered to pay for an alternative venue in which to have the service to their liking, but the family declined. They also prepared and delivered food for the family and 100 relatives and friends. At the same time, it appeared that all the family wanted was acceptance of Cecil Sinclairâ€™s lifestyle, which the church bluntly maintained that it cannot glorify.
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