Pastor Doris G. Deckard

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Dallas, Texas, United States
Pastor Deckard is a native Texan and lives in Dallas with her family. She preached her first sermon in 2004 and was ordained in 2008. Pastor Deckard has continued to preach and teach at Church of the Solid Rock. She has made her life all about service and participated in many workshops and seminars, from parenting symposiums to diversity conferences along with speaking engagements. Pastor Deckard has traveled locally and internationally, preaching and singing for the Lord. She is a Partnered Ally with the University of North Texas Equality and Diversity Programs and received many awards for her various community-outreach programs and volunteer services. One ministry very close to her heart is Sand Branch. As a Preacher of the Gospel, Pastor Deckard desires to introduce more souls to Christ as she encourages others to focus more on spirituality and their relationship with the Lord. Pastor Deckard founded D. G. Deckard Ministries in 2007, a 501c3 Christian organization. She is also the founder and Pastor of Church the Solid Rock, Dallas TX; a place of worship, acceptance and spiritual growth.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Diversity: What's Our Excuse??

Jesus came to save the world, not to condemn it. If Jesus can embrace diversity, what’s our excuse???

As SGL people and Believers of Christ, how often have we been condemned? Far too often, I declare! We have been omitted from mainstream society, looked over, disregarded and treated like non-Americans. We've been summonsed to court under false accusations and sentenced to hell without a fair trial. As SGL people, we’ve averred, promoted and preached diversity but how many of us actually live diversity? Talk about a hypocritical mix-up????.....a ball of confusion???....

Here we are, roaming around town parading our so called freedom, then, we prostitute our faith leaders according to our own personal agendas, just to satisfy our fleshly desires only to feel we've "arrived." As a community, we have been beaten down by the ‘straight’ world; declared to be no earthly good; an abomination; hell bound because of our sexuality. I say -- not so because Jesus died for all.

ALL sin has been paid by the blood that Jesus shed over 2,000 years ago so…what are we arguing about??? Why are WE at odds???

Let’s take a closer look at this word [we so loosely use] called diversity. Webster’s New College Dictionary has several definitions; (1) a point or respect in which things differ; (2) variety or multiformity. Here are three key words that really stand out: differ, variety and multiformity. Ever heard the song; “Jesus Loves the Little Children?”.....all the children of the world…..every color every race, all are covered by His grace.....???

I don't hear or see much of a display of that song much, especially in some of the hearts of our SGL community. Talk about a culture shock! Here ‘we’ are, going through discrimination in every sense of the word and in every aspect of our lives but ‘we’ [the offended] are promoting the same practices as the fundamentalist. Go figure!!

If we’re going to talk the talk, then let’s walk the walk. Prove to the evil forces that plot against us and show the bible-belt universe that we can truly stand as one nation, under God, indivisible….with liberty and justice for all, not just for the elite, selected or elected but for all humankind.

Truly love thy neighbor as thy self and not just when the media is watching or when we’re in corporate worship. We should cease to promote the bigotry & separation, pride and prejudice that is so deeply hidden within the SGL subculture. Stop perpetrating a fraud and be who you really are -- show your TRUE shade of color.

Galatians 6:10 states, therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. We are children of God, through faith in Christ Jesus.

So, why do we exclude certain groups from our subculture? Are we that paranoid about who we are in Christ??? the point when we have to make others feel less than....? My bible teaches me that there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

All are one in Christ! No barriers or road blocks; no excuses or only if you "fit in." Let's show pure, agape love and acceptance of all people regardless of our flaws. The Enemy (Satan) would love to have God’s family limping along life’s road, pretending to love each other. As Believers and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can stop these evil practices by showing love towards our neighbor, regardless of color, gender, creed, class etc.

Yes, this life is filled with choices and changes but the best choice is Jesus. Find the Jesus in everyone [if you can] where ever you go. See Jesus in all there is to see. Try Jesus before all else fails. Then know that Jesus will see you through what ever trials and tribulations you experience. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Jesus has an open table and that table is open for all to experience and claim the victory. Let's open our hearts to one another and embrace the diversity such as Jesus did. Some ask the question: what would Jesus do???? Well, what ever he did, it was out of pure love. May we all experience that love, one for another? I pray that we do in this lifetime. Amen.

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