Should gays and lesbians be allowed to serve in the church? According to “Preachers of LA” star and Bishop Noel Jones, if the church can allow heterosexual men and women to serve as deacons, ministers, ushers, choir members, directors and musicians, then embracing an openly gay man or woman shouldn’t be an issue.
“The church needs to embrace people of all different walks of life because you can’t help somebody that you won’t embrace,” Jones said during a recent interview before being asked about gays and lesbians serving in the church. “Why not? We let heterosexuals serve.”
Pause. A lot of people will disagree with that statement, but Bishop Jones’ statement comes not to please or appease, but from personal experience with his brother and their father.
“Because the church is so influential in the home and influential in the community, the tendency is for somebody, who feels a certain way (about homosexuality), not to bring it up. So, by the time you discover it or have to deal with it, it is so entrenched that you cannot help them in any positive way. I can tell you that from experience,” Jones told The Grio. “My older brother is gay. My father thought he had to explain it away and push him away. (And) pushing him away pushed him into the hands of the people that he didn’t want him to be with in the first place.”
Watch Bishop Noel Jones’ full interview in video below: