How Much Deconstruction Is Too Much?

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  1. bob1 says:

    Great question, Michael. Wish I had a coherent answer! Not sure any 2 stories are the same.

    Re: LGBT, there are plenty, of evangelical leader types who don’t reject traditional morality — John Stott, Philip and Tony Campolo are 3 that come to mind. Where they differ w/other traditionals is that they’re opposed to discrimination against them. Probably other things, too. What you also don’t see them doing is lobbing invective against them, or “demonizing” them.

  2. bob1 says:


  3. Michael says:

    bob 1,

    Demonization denies people the Gospel.

    I don’t have any definitive answers…I do believe in a creation “norm”…but norms all were marred in the fall…

  4. Kevin H says:


    Unfortunately Campolo did become fully LGBTQ affirming several years back. But I still love the man even as I have disagreements with him.

    Sadly now he is confined to a wheelchair after having a stroke a few years back.

  5. bob1 says:

    Kevin H, Thanks for the update on Tony! I saw him speak at an urban conference in the early 80s. Love the guy. Dynamic speaker. Combined scholarship (I think he was a professional sociologist) with a strong passion for the Church to act like the Church! Sorry to hear of his stroke.

  6. bob1 says:

    Campolo wrote some great books too. Favorite title: “How To Follow Jesus Without Embarrassing God.” 😀

  7. Terry says:

    There is a less thoughtful form of deconstructing I’ve seen in which a person simply swaps all their views from fundamentalist to progressive. “If the people I followed for 40 years were wrong, then the opposite side must be right.” Why bother looking at you beliefs one at a time when you can simply switch jerseys?

  8. Josh says:

    I don’t know how to judge another persons deconstruction. Sometimes you get to a place in life where it just doesn’t fit anymore. Maybe there is a different form of Christianity that would fit better and allows you still to hold to some form of faith. Maybe not.
    For me, I had to let it all go and resolved to only pick back up what was necessary. Jesus came back pretty quick, much of the rest has not come back. I’m back to daily prayer and have recently started reading a few verses here and there. Haven’t worried one bit about sexuality and don’t imagine that I will.
    My answer would be: If you don’t have to deconstruct, don’t. Its horrible and terrifying. If you’ve reached a place in life where you just can’t keep going forward, do what you have to do. God is better than we give him credit for. He’ll still be there when you get back. In fact, He’ll run down the street to greet you upon your return.

  9. Michael says:


    I usually assume the jersey switchers weren’t that invested in the first jersey…

  10. Michael says:

    Josh…I’ll say the amen.
    I think you’ve described the process well.

  11. Mark says:

    standard apologetic answer – where does morality come from – evolved and ever evolving (although law of entropy seems to indicate nothing is really evolving but decaying) or designed by our Creator?

  12. Michael says:


    I wish the question was that simple.
    We believe our God is revealed in our Scriptures…and those are open to interpretation…

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