Our thoughts on a Knoxville pastor’s sermon against our LGBTQ neighbors:

We ask Pastor Grayson Fritts of Knoxville to remember the most basic tenet of Christianity: Jesus loved all people. He validated humans for who we are, not for what society expects of us. Jesus calls on us to aspire to be more caring, compassionate, and full of grace; not let our hearts be hardened by fear and hate.

“John reminds us ‘God Is Love. Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love’ (1 John 4:7-8 New Revised Standard Version).”