We Need A New “Theology of Engagement”
It’s been a busy week offline as Brian Brodersen’s article on attending an LGBT wedding and yesterdays article here on Bruce Jenner have prompted a lot of discussion in the form of emails and phone conversations.
Socially and biblically conservative Christians are calling on like minded brethren to draw distinct lines in opposition to any expressions of sexuality in the culture or the church that are in opposition to traditional biblical standards.
Our own Babylon’s Dread has been a consistently strong voice on this topic as well, offering intelligent, but dire warnings of the times to come.
Brodersen has been smote early and often for being perceived as one who doesn’t draw the lines hard enough.
I’ve received my fair share of criticism for the same.
There is no question in my mind about whether we are being drowned in a wave of deviance and an acceptance of deviance as normal and good.
The questions concern what we do about it.
At times, it seems that for many the solution is to be louder and more vociferous in opposition.
I would say that we’ve been heard and rejected.
There is always the political venue that this generation of Christians loves.
It has failed and that failure will probably be capped with a Supreme Court decision that opposes us on the issue of gay marriage.
There is traditional evangelism.
Our churches are either shrinking or holding ground.
In conclusion, I would submit that all of our current methods to contend with these changes are and have been dismal failures.
What we’re doing isn’t working.
Because of our own sins and sectarian splits along religious and political lines we have lost our moral authority in this culture.
It would take at least a generation to regain it if we repented and started to clean our own house.
We need to start anyway.
It is ludicrous to suggest that we have no voice in the culture…conservative Christians have massive amounts of media tools to work with.
The problem is that we are not speaking in such a way that people will listen.
Turning up the volume won’t help.
We are in desperate need of a new “theology of engagement”.
We need a reexamination of both our message and our delivery of it.
In my opinion, we need to define our message first…this culture simply does not understand that our opposition to sin means that we are proponents for their good.
We have failed to communicate that Jesus came to save, not legislate.
Our motives seem to lack the love of the Savior who rescued us first.
We need a clear Gospel message.
Once we have that we must learn how to communicate it.
We need a new “theology of engagement”.
Maybe it starts with “Jesus ate with sinners”…
We need to be working on it…now.