In preparing for a workshop at the EFCA Leadership Conference, a church leader spoke to me about his frustration with Christians being right and wrong at the same time regarding the issue of the gay community. Right in the sense of theology, scripture, interpretation, etc.; and wrong in the sense of ethic and posture. I understand that many of us see gay rights as a threat to the institution of marriage and the family structure, and I’m definitely not promoting gay lifestyle as normative, but I wonder what message it sends about Christians who are quick to condemn without engagement. The gay community is not going anywhere, whether it is a sin or dysfunction (they are getting their own pride month from the pen of the president), and evangelical Christians must not build up theological walls to throw stones over. I think even if we disagree with the way they read Scripture, the ways in which they experience sexual gratification, and for their lifestyles, we have to treat them with a sense of Samaritan-like kindness. There has to be shift in the way we live out our theological correctness in an age of political correctness, lest we comfort ourselves in being right, but our witness loses all credibility.
June 3, 2011