Something about this suggestion that Christians owe reparations to now-pansexualized-American society annoyed me. I don’t mean the entire perspective because that’s normal in the media and hardly warrants comment. I mean something unspoken is presupposed in the editorial—something that the writer doesn’t want to admit he is assuming and demanding.
“Christians have alienated gays and lesbians and their families, friends, and sympathetic allies, driving many away from the love of Jesus Christ and contributing to the secularization of American culture. They have done a great deal to create hostility to the church and closed ears to the Gospel. The saddest cases are the church’s own rejected gay and lesbian adolescents and twentysomethings. They are legion.”
Here the lie becomes extra visible: Christians didn’t do that; Jesus did that. The Bible did that. Our writer’s message only makes sense if Christians really don’t believe Jesus and don’t believe the Bible. They are all just pretending and making stuff up in order to impose “homophobia.” Parents and children disown each other merely because they want to do so.
But if people really do believe that the Bible is God’s word and that Jesus is Lord, then it is useless to tell them to just stop it. You have to convince them that the Bible isn’t reliable and that Jesus is not the king and judge of the world.
Jesus tells his followers to expect strife and hostility in their own families:
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14.26).
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:34-39).
But the writer, a Mercer University professor who pretends to be a “Christian Ethicist,” writes on the presupposition that no one is actually convinced that Jesus is Lord, that he has revealed what it means to be human, or that the meaning is accurately delivered in Scripture. No, it was all a matter of choice motivated by a perverse need to dominate. Christians can become fully open to pansexual mythology just by deciding to do so.
That’s the annoyance. On the planet I come from there are religions that really exist because religious believers really believe them. You can’t just demand a change of conviction at gunpoint.