A Miami, FL, judge recently ruled against the Florida ban on gay couples adopting children. Understandably, this issue is quite a hotly debated one.
However, what jumped out at me in this story was the person who was highlighted as one of the primary vocal supporters of the ban on gay adoptions. Among several other things, Tom Messer was quoted in the article as saying, “Same-sex parents present a skewed picture of family.”
What Tom Messer is providing here is a vivid example of something I intend to write about more extensively, but will start right now with this post. When I saw this article I could not hold back the comments — even though there was not a soul around to hear me speak my mind.
Tom Messer is the pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Most of those reading this may be unaware of the pedigree of Tom Messer and Trinity Baptist Church. The former pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Dr. Bob Gray, miraculously and “mysteriously” died in November of 2007 after being arrested for what was revealed to be a very long history of molesting children in his church. He vehemently denied the charges for months, but when it was finally revealed the charges were true he suddenly turned ill and died without explanation of cause, though he was elderly.
Tom Messer was on the pastoral staff of Trinity Baptist Church during the reign of Dr. Gray. After Dr. Gray’s passing there was an additional probe because as it turns out — Messer admitted on tape that he knew about Dr. Gray’s activities, but he did nothing. Messer committed a crime. He is a mandated reporter who knew about child sex abuse and did not report it. And folks, this man is still the pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL.
Not only has his church turned a blind eye to his lack of morals, character, and Scriptural understanding, his lack of concern for their children’s safety (a theme I will return to in another post — there is more to say about that), and his legal culpability in aiding and abetting a pedophile, but this man has the nerve to put his name, his church, his God, and his opinion in the news media before the entire state of Florida regarding the issue of whether gays are capable of making good family role-models for children???
What kind of family role model is he providing? The model where sex is the perview of any authority figure strong enough to take it? One-flesh equals what? Certainly not one man, one woman until death do us part in Messer’s vocabulary — or only for everyone but pastors who want to molest the children of their church members. Because Messer’s actions have clearly stated that pastors can have sex with whatever children they want to take and that is not a violation of any Biblical family model — but he believes that “same-sex parents present a skewed picture of family.”
Does this man have any business saying anything about anyone else’s morality?
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