Lost In Translation…
Austin Sanangelo has submitted some thoughts on homosexuality and the church. I’m always happy to publish opposing views—but in a case like this, I’m inclined to add a few thoughts of my own.
If it looks like a fish, and swims like a fish, then it is simply…a fish. And something is very “fishy” with today’s more liberal Christian “doctrine!” Yes, the emerging trend is to accept same sex couples into the church. It is “politically correct,” but that doesn’t make it right!
I don’t think anybody’s really concerned about what is “politically correct” in this case. They’re more concerned about what is right. And, along with a rapidly growing number of believers, I firmly believe that welcoming everybody into the church is right.
Yes, it seems more “Christ-like” and accepting of others, but it is a delusion perpetrated by Satan!
I’m not exactly sure why you’d conclude that those striving to follow Christ’s radically inclusive example are suffering “a delusion perpetrated by Satan.” It seems a lot more likely that those counseling the church to reject Christ’s example are the ones to worry about.
We endeavor to stretch first century cultural practices and word translations to such a point so as to make them justify whatever we want them to.
Okay … I agree that those opposing inclusivity are goofing around with first century practices and mistranslating things to justify their exclusion. I don’t know why anybody would want to continue doing that, though.
But the plain truth is this: God has been specific and consistant [sic] throughout scripture about what is acceptable sexual behavior and what is not.
So … that’s really not true. There’s a whole range of sexual behavior that just isn’t covered in the Bible. There are also a slew of (apparent) inconsistencies—particularly when it involves divorce and polygamy. While I think we can draw some pretty good conclusions on sexual morality from the Bible, claiming that it’s clear, specific, and consistent suggests you haven’t read those sections particularly carefully.
Those things which are right in the sight of God are still right today. However, those things which were wrong in the beginning are still wrong…unacceptable in every way to God!
No matter how much we want to “make right” the things which are not of God, we cannot do so. God is the same “yesterday, today, and forever.” Our Lord takes us in regardless of whatever condition we are in. But, He loves us too much to leave us there!
I hear you. And I think the call to trust our flaws and failings to God is a good one. But … trusting God to help us identify and rectify the failings in our own lives is a different thing than excluding others until they remold themselves into something we are more comfortable with or insisting that the God-given love of others is inherently sinful because we’re bad at interpreting scripture.
There are, of course, cases where we might call the behavior of others sinful—or just wrong. I think Christians can and should condemn torture, injustice, and invidious discrimination. But scripture does not tell us to discriminate against people who are gay.
We cannot expect to receive God’s grace for sins if we continue to practice sinful ways as His children. We live by His precepts above our own, because we choose to love Him as He loves us. This is a fallen world and we must be careful not to be carried off by the false teachings of anyone on any subject!
Again, I wholly agree with you. We simply disagree on who is getting carried off by false teachings.