Things I Think
1. I started teaching through the book of Romans last night, which required that I spend the previous two weeks studying it in preparation. To make a long story short, the text of Romans 1 obliterates the current social and religious attempts to legitimize homosexuality and gay marriage. As most of you know, I tend to lean left on social issues and I always want to be as gracious as possible to sinners, because I am one.
I wanted to find a loophole in the text…but there simply isn’t one.
The only way you can legitimize homosexuality is to deny the text…not just the text of Romans 1, but the Gospels and Genesis.
Paul’s argument is drawn from from the creation narrative and from Jesus affirmation of it in the Gospels…it’s the teaching of the whole of Scripture.
Thus, the battle over homosexuality is not just a moral issue, but one of the authority of Scripture…which is denied by those who “by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” (Romans 1:18 ESV)
In my desire to be someone who is as gracious as possible, I almost became one who would sacrifice… “suppress”… the truth in order to be at peace with men.
To do would compromise my faith and violate my conscience.
The task now is to become someone who can speak the truth “in love”.
2. That phrase about suppressing the truth brought to mind how much the truth is indeed being suppressed, and not only about homosexuality… like the new cultural canard that Islam is a religion of peace…
3. Whenever a church has to hire a public relations firm to control the flow and content of information, be assured that the truth is being suppressed in unrighteousness…
4. I willingly fell victim to the falsehood that because the church has so many moral and ethical issues of it’s own that it’s bad form to comment on the sins of the culture around us. We have to do both…but our focus should be on cleaning our own house first.
5. Writing about the church has become difficult for me as I believe that evangelicalism in this country is in the midst of a radical change…I can’t define it or explain it yet, but what has been is not what will be.
6. After five weeks of the new football season, I’m glad hockey season has started…
7. A California woman with terminal brain cancer has moved to Oregon in order to die by medically assisted suicide. I’m at a loss to know how I would counsel her from a Christian perspective….
8. Fall is an exercise in being in enjoying the moment and not reminding yourself that it is a portent of winter…
9. The internet has leveled the field…everyone can have a voice and a platform. That does not mean that all voices and platforms are of equal worth…
10. Despite all the cultural and political attempts to suppress the truth, my guts (and the Scriptures) tell me that people know it anyway…and there is a backlash coming. May it come with grace and be spoken in love.