How Much Deconstruction Is Too Much?
I talk with a lot of people who are going through some sort of deconstruction of traditional evangelical beliefs.
There is much to be commended about the “new evangelicalism”…it is concerned with a biblical view on social issues and justice and is not held captive by a single political party or person.
It is open to exploring different Christian faith traditions and does not exclude the thoughts of Roman Catholicism or Orthodoxy.
It is open for discussion and exploration…and that appeals to this old Anglican as well.
The one area that does concern me is that it almost always ends up in a rejection of traditional Christian morality, especially in regard to LGBTQ relationships.
Just to be clear…I hold to a tradition doctrine of Christian sexual ethics, though I’m always willing to have conversations around the subject and I don’t condemn those who differ with me.
Most of those I speak with are trying to operate from a place of loving their neighbor and aren’t much interested in Christian dogmatics…because their experiences with those who railed dogmatically was anything but loving.
How do we address this…or do we?