The recent story about Carrie Underwood and Jen Hatmaker affirming homosexual behavior has my head spinning. Admittedly, my emotions range freely between confusion and sorrow when I observe the way so many professing believers treat those caught up in the sin of homosexuality. Puffing themselves up as agents of love and tolerance, these believers deny their “gay friends” the same full counsel of God they willingly and unhesitatingly give to others who struggle with different sins.
I don’t know what causes that sort of favoritism and partial proclamation of truth. It is not love, it is not friendship to fail to declare the full direction of God. Doing so is a short-sighted and self-serving calculation that decides it is better to be loved for telling a lie than hated for telling the truth. In other words, the opposite path of Christ.
Tragic examples of this attitude abound, from Tony Campolo to Matthew Vines to Rachel Held Evans to the Marin Foundation. But it is perhaps best articulated in a now widely-circulated blog post by John Pavlovitz entitled, “The Day I Chose My Heterosexuality.”
Given that it serves as a critique and dismissal of orthodox, traditional Christian views of marriage and sexuality, and given that others are replicating throughout American Christendom the arguments he uses, we have no choice but to acknowledge, consider, and test their merits.
First, let me encourage all of us to pray for John, Tony, Matthew, Rachel and all of these believers. Scripture offers a terrifying warning to those of us who teach or preach the name of Christ – that we will be held to a higher account because of the eternal implications of our words (James 3:1). That is why we must work to ensure those words are seasoned with salt (Colossians 4:6) and originate not from our own passions and desires but from the Word of God (1 Peter 4:11).
And that is what is most jarring about Pavlovitz’s piece in particular. Not once does the Christian author quote Scripture as his guide, reference God’s Word, or appeal to Christ’s moral authority over this issue of sexuality (or any other). In over 800 words, there is little more than an appeal to an emotive, untethered relativity that tickles ears (2 Timothy 4:3) and appears aimed at earning thunderous applause from the councils of men (John 12:43). Observe for yourself and test my accusation against the authority of the Word alone (1 John 4:1).
After a charming introduction about his childhood discovery that he actually liked the girl chasing him on the playground (Lori), Pavlovitz juxtaposes these natural attractions we feel against the faith we choose:
“Some people, my Christianity told me, choose to be gay; they reject the very natural reality of what God had hard-wired into them, and make a conscious decision to be a different way. What I experienced without thinking in that playground, they somehow decide. What was an awareness for me, was for them a premeditated choice.
“I knew right away how ridiculous an idea that was.”
I would agree. That idea is ridiculous. But then again, most straw men are ridiculous. What Pavlovitz is doing is to blatantly bastardize the Christian view of sexual morality so that he can dispense with it. That dishonesty will only work on uneducated, imperceptive, and shallow thinkers. If that is what Pavlovitz thinks of his audience, so be it. But serious Christians should have no patience for such insipid mistreatment of so significant an issue.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post
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