Sunday, November 13, 2005

The F-bomb on Christmas Eve

Now here's one to wrestle with. A young poet on a journey back to God wants to read her poem from the pulpit. She wrote it especially for the Christmas Eve service. The problem? She quotes others in the verse, and the others drop the f-bomb multiple times. If you are the pastor, do you allow her to read it and offend the congregation or do you force her to edit out the expletives and risk alienating her as she is slowly being conformed to the image of Christ?

One last proviso: the church in question is focused on those on the margins of society and is called Scum of the Earth. Let's just say it doesn't look like a typical Lutheran or Methodist church.

Here's a description of the situation from the Leadership blog Our of Ur. (A tip of the ol' ballcap to Steve from Out in the Sticks.)

So what do you do? I'll give my opinion in a day or so.

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