By: Pastor Nathan Lino
Lead Pastor of Northeast Houston Baptist Church
I was stunned to wake up one 2014 day in Houston, Texas, to discover that our mayor had subpoenaed the sermons of five pastors. These pastors were leading voices in a formidable legal effort to block her so-called Houston “Equal Rights” Ordinance that would allow transgender people access to any locker room, shower facility, restroom, or similar space of their choosing. An ensuing decision by the Supreme Court of Texas set the stage for a citywide vote on the ordinance.
It was a high profile issue in our city and every pastor had a decision to make: Was this a time to speak or a time to be silent?