Pastor Aaron Thompson was quoted in the Nov. 26 Columbian that the deaths of the five people at Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colo., were a good thing, and that he “hates those people” (LGBTQIA+). We are appalled. How can someone who confesses faith in Christ say such murders are good?
The Bible says, “You shall not kill” (Exodus 20:13); “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 22:39, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27); “I give you a new commandment, that you should love one another, just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another” (John 13:34).
We want to say to the world that Pastor Thompson does not represent the Christian faith. Christ calls us to love both our neighbors and our enemies, to welcome the stranger and to care for those in need.
As members of the Social Justice Team at Mill Plain United Methodist Church, we are committed to creating an affirming congregation for LGBTQIA+ individuals, families and allies.