Our friends at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview have released a thoughtful commentary explaining why some Christians fall for LGBT arguments: they aren’t really arguments at all. Instead, Christians are asked to put experiences and feelings ahead of God’s timeless word.
Recently, the Human Rights Campaign released a so-called “faith guide” that offers a glaring example of just this kind of thinking. It’s full of the same bad “arguments” that are trotted out over and over. Even so, they’re worth discussing because people are still falling for them.
HRC’s new guide is entitled “Coming Home to Evangelicalism and Self,” and purportedly offers ways to “help LGBTQ people live fully in their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and to live fully in their religious, spiritual and cultural traditions.” The guide says that LGBTQ Christians “find it difficult to be fully themselves in their church communities. They may have been taught that sexual or romantic relationships that are not heterosexual are sinful…Yet those same LGBTQ people of faith know deep within that they were born this way.”
Notice the wording there: “…be fully themselves.” … “they know deep within they were born this way.” No argument is made; no scriptural reasoning is offered. Right out of the gate, this pamphlet, timed to coincide with the largest gathering of progressive evangelicals in the country, assumes what it needs to prove. . . .
In the pamphlet, a woman who describes herself as a lesbian Christian says she had an “encounter with God,” and that He told her “You’re gay. I made you this way…This is who you are.” She was shocked to find that her church wasn’t buying this. “[T]hey wanted to know how I could scripturally justify what I was telling them,” she says. “They didn’t care so much about this spiritual encounter I’d had with God.” But isn’t that the same thing we ask of Mormons or Muslims or cult leaders who justify explicitly anti-biblical stances based on their experiences?
American Family Association is reminding people to avoid doing their back-to-school shopping at Target, writing,
Avoid this store: Do your back-to-school shopping elsewhere
As back-to-school shopping season nears, I’m asking your family to avoid shopping at Target stores…and to warn your friends about the danger Target presents to women and children.
Together we are making an unprecedented financial impact on a corporation whose policy is to allow men to use women’s restrooms and dressing rooms. Target’s decision is unacceptable for families, and their dangerous and misguided policy continues to put women and children in harm’s way.
We must keep the pressure on Target by avoiding their stores during back-to-school shopping. Let’s educate Target to the fact that their bathroom policy earns them a failing grade.
Target is dependent on a large back-to-school sales season. By spending your money with their competitors, you are sending a strong message to Target that their policy is bad for business.
- If you haven’t already, sign the #BoycottTarget pledge. Invite your family and friends to sign the pledge too.
- Forward this information to friends and family. Invite them to sign the boycott pledge at www.afa.net/target.
- Call Target headquarters at 612-304-6073 and personally let them know you are boycotting their stores.
- Visit www.afa.net/target for more tools and information on the Boycott Target pledge.
“Just look the other way. If you have moral objections, you don’t have to participate. Just live and let live.”
That’s what Christians have been told over and over again. When we’ve objected to risqué shows on TV, they told us to change the channel. When communities oppose adult-oriented businesses, they tell us to just drive on by. The makers of violent videogames urge people who don’t like the games not to play them.
Well now that’s not good enough. Gay activists recently announced plans to host an event at Magic Springs theme park on Gay Pride Day. When the First Methodist Church of Glenwood urged its members to just drive on by Magic Springs, they were shouted down.
The church Facebook page simply said, “Please avoid taking your children to Magic Springs on June 30th. It is LGBT Pride Day.”
Gay activists immediately attacked the church claiming they had said LGBT individuals are going to Hell. Of course the church never implied such a thing, but biased news reports and the nature of social media comments prompted the church to shut down its Facebook page and refuse media interviews.
Now, let’s stop and think for a minute. If the church had urged its members to avoid a rock concert at Verizon Arena or to avoid Florida’s Panama City Beach during Spring Break, nothing would have been said about it. How is Gay Pride Day any different? If a church can’t urge its members to engage in what it believes to be good behavior, what have we come to?
So much for live and let live. I guess when it comes to gay pride, looking the other way is not allowed.
Photo Credit: By Glen Gaboury.