Ive just realised I havent posted about this previously. Id better get on it!
The intellectual elite tend to love to preach diversity. But interestingly, they dont practise what they preach –
Some gay apologists like to claim that Christians who believe that homosexual relations are sinful, are simply prejudiced people who read anti-gay sentiments into the Bible rather than letting the Bible speak for itself. Those who know the Bible well, know that such a claim is ridiculous. Those who know the Bible well, know that the Bible presents heterosexual relations as the only affirmed model of romantic relationship, and that it rejects other models as being highly sinful.
But it’s not easy to convince those who promote the “homophobic prejudice” accusation. It would be nice if they just read the Bible from cover to cover. But many are unwilling to do that. And if you quote to them the sections of the Bible that refer to homosexual relations as sinful, they will often tell you that you are using a mistranslation, even if you are using one of the most popular translations.
But there are ways of fairly quickly showing those who promote the “homophobic prejudice” accusation, the error of their ways. A key to doing so, I suggest, is to provide examples of those who do not oppose gay relations, but whom still acknowledge that the Bible does. People like former professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, Dr. Daniel Kirk as illustrated here –
7 minutes into the above video, of 2015, Kirk says;
… in fact in the large contours of that discussion, Professor Gagnon and I essentially agree. We agree that the Bible speaks with one voice in the Old Testament and NewTestament in the places where it speaks about same-sex relations, it condemns those relations as inappropriate for the people of God.
Yet 25 minutes into the video, he refers to himself as having become “affirming”, if you know what I mean, clarifying further at 35 minutes. Kirk has shown that he is aware of contemporary debate on the issue.
The secular media shy away from religion. Or Christianity at least. Turn on your TV and watch a sitcom. Are any of the characters distinctly Christian? Probably none. Read your city newspaper. Are the issues framed in terms of religious outlook? Is religion even mentioned or referenced? Rarely. Millions of people are involved in religious activity and dialogue each week, but from what you see in the media, you would think religion is exceedingly rare.
But guess what! The media will report on religious issues sometimes. If it’s politically correct, of course. They are happy to report (as they should) on cases of priests molesting children. They love to report on Christian scandals, such as large-scale misappropriation of funds. Yep, the secular media are most likely to report on Christianity, when there is something negative to focus on.
And it seems to me that increasingly, Christians with a chip on their shoulder, are playing right into this situation. Yep, unhappy Christians now seem to approach the news media with sob stories, seeking a way to broadcast their maligning of their religion. I dont know if my perception is blinkered by the times in which we live, but it seems to me that the trend began with the PR machine commonly known as The Reformation Project. In the last few years, the organisation of gay apologists has brokered interviews and reports with numerous media outlets across the USA, in which they seek to advance the argument that the Christian church has historically been wrong to regard homosexual relations as inherently sinful, and that this has been “damaging” to gay people.
And are others now jumping on this bandwagon? Recently, Tim Rymel, who has social connections to The Reformation Project, likewise maligned his religion in the secular media. In an online article titled An Open Letter To My Evangelical Friends (a title eerily similar to the infamous Letter to My Congregation), this gay man and former “Christian minister”, shared with a secular audience –
I believed the Bible was the inerrant Word of God and that all anyone needed was to repent, ask Jesus into their hearts and surrender to God. Like so many others, though, that theology became a prison for me. It eventually decimated my family, not because we weren’t “doing it right,” but because we weren’t living authentically and being who we were meant to be.
I believe we’re all called to be exactly who we are meant to be. That’s when we love the best.
So, with all due respect, please stop telling me who I should be, what I should be and how I should be doing it.
Sounds a bit like revenge of the unchristians, to me.
The following is a classic screenshot from facebook, that I found there today. In his first (ie lower) post, this ‘pastor’ writes of how he “intensely” studied gay theology in an effort to accept his own gay inclinations. No mention of him seeking a balanced perspective by reading those who critique gay theology though. The implication is, that he absorbed one side of an argument, and stuck with that. Later in the day, he writes another post, about the need to receive complete knowledge of God’s will! But how are you supposed to obtain complete knowledge of God’s will, if you only absorb the arguments of those who disagree with God’s will? He should have studied both sides of the debate. Honestly, it’s enough to render you speechless.
I notice also, that hundreds of people ‘liked’ his post about adhering to his sexual orientation. But only a comparative handful ‘liked’ his comments about finding God’s will.
The irony in this is that many gay Christians claim that it’s the conservative Christians who only believe what they want to believe!
Trans people deserve sympathy. It would be a tough life to not feel at home in the gender of your body – especially since mental health professionals dont seem to be able to solve the problem. Ive known a few people who have gone trans. One dressed as a woman for some years, before eventually re-aligning his presentation with his male body, though as a gay man.
Trans people seem to feature in the news when conflict arises about whether they should be entitled to use facilities intended for the gender that doesnt match their body. EG bathrooms. In the news at present is a school student who has a male body, but regards himself as a girl, and who wants to use female bathrooms at the school. In this case, the student hasnt had any sex change operations but isnt satisfied with unisex bathrooms. Many female students have protested in response. You would think that providing a unisex bathroom would have solved the problem.
In cases like this, some point out that if society is relaxed about trans bathroom use, any man could put on a dress, go into women’s bathrooms and force himself on innocent victims. Others dismiss this as fear mongering. But guess what – there has been at least one case of a man in a dress who sexually violated women. The one Im thinking of, is Christopher Hambrook –
Caleb Kaltenbach, evangelical minister, and son of two gay parents. Gay parents who are now Christians. I know, it sounds too good to be true! But according to this, it is true …
Reminds me a little of Katy Faust.