With the current state of affairs in the US I believe as pastor of SFOCC it is important to state what our faith teaches us on current matters. SFOCC has already released a Statement of Committment and Action which we continue to affirm.
Our faith teaches us that every single human being on the face of the earth is a beloved child of God and therefore worthy of respect, dignity, and love.
Our Holy Scriptures mention numerous times how we as followers of Christ are to treat the foreigner. (Leviticus 19:34, Exodus 22:21, Matthew 5:47, Deuteronomy 10:18-19, Zechariah 7:9, Numbers 15:16, Isaiah 1:17, Hebrews 13:2, Luke 3:11) Therefore, because our faith calls us to welcome the foreigner and to care for them as if they were a native, SFOCC opposes any ban of muslims or any other non-American. It is contrary to our faith to exclude or ban someone because of where they are from. One cannot hate, ban, or refuse assistance to foreigners and be a Christian.
Restricting the Rights of LGBTQ persons
Christ taught us to Love God and Love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:39). Christ treated all people regardless of gender, age, socio-economic status as equals. While the Holy Scriptures do not specifically address sexual orientation there are instances within Scripture that potentially indicate Jesus did not condem same-sex loving people. (The healing of the Centurion's "favored slave". The word translated as slave is "pas". This word can be translated as "slave, sex slave, or romantic partner" depending on the context.) Jesus did not condem this Centurion but rather praised his faith. We can find no indication in Scripture for the condemnation of LGBTQ persons even though there are verses that have been taken out of context and poorly translated. One cannot seek to take away another's equal rights and be a Christian.
As we have stated, Christ treated all people equally and we therefore believe that women have the right to self-determination and control over their own bodies. While we would prefer a world where abortion did not occur we understand there are circumstances in which a woman might choose it. We acknowledge this and have no condemnation for this woman. We also believe that all people, regardless of gender, deserve to be treated fairly, and with respect. Some of the statements that have been made by recently about women and their treatment are wrong. We condemn any such speech or actions as it does not align with our faith. One cannot demean or mistreat another person because of their gender or sex and be a Christian.
America as a Christian Nation
SFOCC is a Catholic Christian faith community, however we acknowledge that America was not founded as a Christian nation (Treaty of Tripoli). We believe that America is at its best when all people regardless of religion, race, ability, culture, sexual orientation, or creed is welcomed and embraced. This vast diversity is a beautiful thing. We believe in the separation of Church and State. One cannot want to force their faith on another and be a Christian.
Building a Wall
Our faith compels us to reach out to others, to form relationships, to love. Building a wall does the exact opposite of this. We believe there are ways to work together to make the world a safer place and building a wall is not one of those. One cannot seek to divide and exclude and be a Christian.
Is wrong. Treating another person differently because their skin is a different color is not how a Christian acts. One can not be racist and be a Christian.