It doesn’t matter?

December 22, 2013 at 10:26 am | Posted in Christianity | 2 Comments
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I saw this blog posted on my Facebook page by a friend and the title caught my attention:

What you believe about homosexuality doesn’t matter

I read the blog and it left me with many more questions than it did any good answers. As a matter of fact, it presents a perfect image of modern American Christianity and what’s wrong with it. The blogger identifies himself as a youth pastor which just makes it worse.
The author says that it “doesn’t matter what you think about homosexuality because people are dying”. He says that we are long since past the time for debate because “the stakes are too high”. He cites stats that say that 1 in 3 gay teens will try to kill themselves.

This youth pastor says that if he’s given the choice to be theologically correct or morally responsible, he’ll choose morally responsible every time. Sorry, pastor, but that’s a false dichotomy that makes a terrible mess. Not only that, but it absolutely avoids scriptures teaching and commands. It also seems to be implying that God’s not really sovereign the way He says He is.

I have a few questions for the the youth pastor:

1) If you have to choose between being theologically correct and morally responsible, how is that possible? You can be morally responsible only if you’re theologically correct. You can’t be morally responsible if you’re theology is wrong because your morality has no foundation.

2) How is it being morally responsible to ignore the “debate” about homosexuality being a sin in favor of the pragmatic “tell them you love them” and “let them be a part of your church, your home, and your life”. This is neither morally responsible nor theologically correct. If someone is living in sin, then as a Christian (especially a YOUTH PASTOR), we are to go to them and warn them about what will happen if they die in their sins. To ignore the sin in favor of telling them you love them will do nothing for them and actually shows how little you love them. If you know that they will die and go to hell because of their sin and you refuse to tell them, how can you honestly love them?

3) Where does the youth pastor get his information from? Where does he get the 30% from? I’ve seen sites that throw that number out there, but is that a number you can trust? Or, is he just using a number that suits his purpose? The reason I ask is because they don’t really have an exact on how many people who are LGBT, so how can they know that the 30% is actually correct?

4) Why is the youth pastor focusing on gay teens? What about those who fornicate? Or lie? Or steal? Are they not as important? I doubt that he’s saying this, but if he’s not, then why make a special point of the gay suicide?

5) How does the pastor justify his stance? He talks about people dying, but isn’t what happens after they die more important? If it is (and it is), then shouldn’t the preaching of the gospel (the entire gospel! – Law AND Grace) be more important than just telling them that you love them and don’t hate them? And how does he reconcile his stance with the commands that Christians have to preach the truth about sin to the world?

Stuff like this just saddens me. Watching the church abandon the truth of scripture in favor of pragmatism or business models or seeker-sensitive garbage just makes the professed faith hollow….

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  1. Amen, good to hear someone else thought this through to a logical conclusion as well. Here was my reply to that Youth Pastor:
    I am also a youth pastor and can actually speak from experience when it comes to suicidal depression having been their myself in my late teens. In my case, it was my complete bondage to sin and seeking fulfillment in that sin that was driving me to the point where I didn’t want to live anymore, and it was people who loved me and prayed for me while still speaking out boldly against the sin I secretly loved that actually made a difference in my life, the other people that agreed with and promoted what I was in bondage to occasionally made me comfortable but they were powerless to give me any escape from the depression. Please Love and speak truth that can set people free, don’t tell them they are ok if they aren’t
    It is an interesting link, However this youth pastor seems to be somehow deduce that the gay suicide phenomenon is caused mostly by Christians speaking out against sin. He seems to think that somehow if we simply stop labeling sin as sin, then we will save lives. But it’s not merely Christians speaking out against sin that drives these people to take their lives, it is that they feel they simply having nothing to live for. So if we tell them they are just ok and still give them nothing to live for, we aren’t helping at all. Jesus would want us to love these people. But he didn’t come just to save our lives so we could have a few more years down here on earth, he came to save our souls, he came to deliver us from sin in any and every form. So when we tell people that they don’t have any sin, or not to worry about it, how can we expect them to see the need for a Savior? And if we take this approach we become ultimately responsible for loosing their souls for eternity… Very bad move. Saving a mortal life is noble, but it is an eternal soul that God is concerned with. And He entrusted us with responsibility to deliver His truth as he gave it, so that mankind can know his need, and know the remedy. True love will tell the truth even when it hurts. And I for one am thankful my youth pastor never worried about offending me. He was more concerned about sin getting in the way of my relationship with God, than me being comfortable with the message.

    • Kalen,

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. I appreciate that you have also taken the time to think things through instead of just going by emotion. Sadly, it seems to be a lost art to use exegesis, common sense, and logic to have a coherent defense of our faith. It’s my hope that there will be people who will understand that the truth is more important than making people comfortable!

      Thanks again and God bless!

      Mike


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