‘We have demonstrated our own form of homophobia — not in the way that activists have used that word, but in the sense that we have been afraid to face this issue where it is most difficult . . . face to face.’ –al mohler (see his full post here)
hate to break it to you al, but i don’t think the major issue in the church is NOT taking a stand against gay sex. we seem to be pretty good at that one.
youth pastors across the nation do really amazing gay impressions. when youth group students think something is ‘lame’ or ‘stupid,’ nearly every one declares boisterously, ‘that’s so GAY.’ christians write their senators and pastors preach from their bully pulpits about the dangers of same sex marriage, and how the ‘next step’ is bestiality. churches picket gay pride parades with warnings of hell fire. mark driscoll invites stories of effeminate worship leaders, and hundreds — literally, hundreds — flock to comment on the status. ‘haha, he had a lisp.’ ‘he wore tight jeans.’ ‘he had no place leading worship in the house of God.’
no, the problem isn’t that christians are unclear on their moral standing regarding homosexuality. the problem is we’ve been too clear.
rather than circling the wagons, digging trenches and drawing lines in the sand telling the world that we’re AGAINST gay sex/marriage/relationships (which, by the way, translates to being AGAINST gay people – for many, orientation = identity), perhaps it would better serve our task of reconciliation to shut up and LOVE PEOPLE.
perhaps the form of homophobia that plagues the church is that we’re afraid to engage and love the gay community the way that jesus would (and does). i wonder what would happen if we did?