Skip to comments.Dan Cathy And The Silence Of Many Churches
Posted on 08/15/2012 5:06:00 AM PDT by rhema
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Great article. It hits all the main, but painful, points. People need to hear this.
While the faggies are assaulting priests & preachers on the street, I’ll pass on evangelizing them.
They’re already the smartest & most sophisticated people in the world so it can’t be said they’ve never heard of the message of salvation through Christ.
A pastor I once knew told me that he dared not preach sermons on “sensitive” issues for fear of the church board removing him—or the IRS coming in and seizing his church assets and harassing the congregants. We have traded the truth of Scripture for the promise of a little safety. We protect the 501C-3 status and world says Why bother being a Christian They do nothing,require nothing —affect nothing.
Yes, there really is no excuse for silence or being lukewarm on this issue. The whole thing becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy: If churches can’t take a firm stand on this, that really sends a message to the younger generation.
I don't see this situation getting better, but the churches will HAVE to decide soon, and by extension so will we. I will not attend any church that performs SSM. If this means that I have to worship in secret in a basement or a forest clearing, so be it.
“If churches cant take a firm stand on this, that really sends a message to the younger generation.”
Well said sir. I was among the lost myself and a good friend of mine took the time to teach me about Jesus Christ. I may not like the gay folks, but I owe it to them to give them the same chance that I received.
We all do, and that starts with preaching the truth - that sin is sin.
Thanks for posting this, rhema!
And heaven forbid we defend the faith, that could hurt someones feelings...
Those that can afford to pay will be bludgeoned with civil rights lawsuits if they still refuse to administer SSM. If anyone thinks that we will be able to win these suits, they are wrong.
If any churches weather the lawsuits, their officers will be indicted for federal civil rights violations. Examples will be made. Pastors, priests and even laymen are going to do hard time before this is over.
Or, we can stand up and fight the homosexual agenda as if our freedom depends on it. Becausae it DOES.
I think one of the dangers that our churches get caught up in is that we like to target one particular sin - make one much bigger than the other...I remember when I was a kid, divorce was the big one, followed by drinking, etc, etc...Homosexuality was such an unknown back then - it was out of people’s minds.
Sure, each sin has its own consequences - some a lot worse than others...But each one, no matter how small or big, has separated us from an eternal relationship with God. Through His grace, through the Salvation through Christ, we can be re-united with Him.
The church lost a significant battle in the 80’s when the AIDS epidemic came into play...You saw church’s, Christian Schools, our ministers/congregations on the air repudiating this epidemic...Rather than take the approach of using this opportunity to reach the gay community, we blew it....Perhaps a lot of the anger that the community has against organized religion is related to this behavior.
But to set the record straight, we like to focus our righteous indignation towards the gay community, when within the churchs ourselves, we are sick. We become intolerant towards them, while qe tolerate that many other sins that we continue to pursue.
Hypocrisy is a damaging tool...Yet it’s clear the gospels say to the sinner that hypocrisy is not a reason you reject Christ...each individual needs to make the choice to choose Him...
Many in the world will use the hypocrisy of the Christian to reject Christ...though not justifiable for his/her Salvation standpoint, it is extremely effective for the Enemy.
We as Christians need to learn how to accept the sinner, not the sin. Bring them into our doors, no matter their condition...Let God handle their soul...
There is another reason lightly touched on in the article. Most churches, no matter what the denomination, don’t want to fight about sexual morals.
Divorce, fornication, and such are so common that a pastor/priest making a point about it will be driven from the pulpit. I have seen it.
If the pastor won’t tell the young people to be chaste, and preach against divorce, because it is to “painful and hateful”, how can he stand up to homosexual practices? Most young people don’t see the difference.
If you cede the field for the sexual practices for the rest of the congregation, you come off as very odd targeting just one group.
Agreed. However, in telling people who are in that lifestyle about Jesus, how are we doing it?
The way I see it (and this is just personal opinion), if a homosexual is confronted by a sour-faced angry person who points a crooked finger at them and yells “You evil fag-boy! Why don’t you just...get...SAAAAAVED?!?”, how do you think they’re going to react?
Don’t laugh. I’ve seen this.
We need to tell them the truth, that their livestyle IS evil and wrong and sick and harmful...but we need to do it in a spirit of love and humility. We need to let them know we’re not telling them this because we hate them and WANT them to go to Hell. We want them to know that we have a Savior who died so they didn’t have to live this way.
Unfortunately, I have met many who call themselves ‘Christian’ who really and truly DO hate anyone in the homosexual liferstyle. They wish them ill in private, scream at them in public, and actually rejoice if they die in their sin to an everlasting punishment.
I pray none here...myself included...would ever be that way.
READ IT. Read it now. Its very good...
When asked by The Barna Group what words or phrases best describe Christianity, the top response among Americans ages 16-29 was “antihomosexual.” For a staggering 91 percent of non-Christians, this was the first word that came to their mind when asked about the Christian faith. The same was true for 80 percent of young churchgoers. (The next most common negative images? : “judgmental,” “hypocritical,” and “too involved in politics.”)
In the book that documents these findings, titled unChristian, David Kinnaman writes:
“The gay issue has become the ‘big one, the negative image most likely to be intertwined with Christianity’s reputation. It is also the dimensions that most clearly demonstrates the unchristian faith to young people today, surfacing in a spate of negative perceptions: judgmental, bigoted, sheltered, right-wingers, hypocritical, insincere, and uncaring. Outsiders say [Christian] hostility toward gays...has become virtually synonymous with the Christian faith.”
Later research, documented in Kinnaman’s You Lost Me, reveals that one of the top reasons 59 percent of young adults with a Christian background have left the church is because they perceive the church to be too exclusive, particularly regarding their LGBT friends. Eight million twenty-somethings have left the church, and this is one reason why.
In my experience, all the anecdotal evidence backs up the research.
When I speak at Christian colleges, I often take time to chat with students in the cafeteria. When I ask them what issues are most important to them, they consistently report that they are frustrated by how the Church has treated their gay and lesbian friends. Some of these students would say they most identify with what groups like the Gay Christian Network term “Side A” (they believe homosexual relationships have the same value as heterosexual relations in the sight of God). Others better identify with “Side B” (they believe only male/female relationship in marriage is God’s intent for sexuality). But every single student I have spoken with believes that the Church has mishandled its response to homosexuality.
Most have close gay and lesbian friends.
Most feel that the Church’s response to homosexuality is partly responsible for high rates of depression and suicide among their gay and lesbian friends, particularly those who are gay and Christian.
Most are highly suspicious of “ex-gay” ministries that encourage men and women with same-sex attractions to marry members of the opposite sex in spite of their feelings.
Most feel that the church is complicit, at least at some level, in anti-gay bullying.
And most...I daresay all...have expressed to me passionate opposition to legislative action against gays and lesbians.
“When evangelicals turn their anti-gay sentiments into a political campaign,” one college senior on her way to graduate school told me, “all it does is confirm to my gay friends that they will never be welcome in the church. It makes them bitter, and it makes me mad too. This is why I never refer to myself as an evangelical. Ugh. I’m embarrassed to be part of that group.”
I can relate.
When Tennessee added an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage (even though it was already illegal in the state), members of my church at the time put signs in the yard declaring support for the initiative. From my perspective, the message this sent to the entire community was simple: EVERYONE BUT GAYS WELCOME.
Dan and I left the church soon afterwards.
Which brings me to North Carolina and Amendment One.
Despite the fact that the North Carolina law already holds that marriage in the eyes of state is only between a man and a woman, an amendment was put on the ballot to permanently ban same-sex marriage in the state constitution. The initiative doesn’t appear to change anything on a practical level, (though some are saying it may have unintended negative consequences on heterosexual relationships), but seems to serve primarily as an ideological statement
....an expensive, destructive, and impractical ideological statement.
Conservatives in the state—who you would think would be more opposed to tampering with constitutions—supported the amendment, and last night it passed. Religious leaders led the charge in support of the amendment, with 93-year-old Billy Graham taking out multiple ads in publications across the state supporting the measure.
As I watched my Facebook and Twitter feeds last night, the reaction among my friends fell into an imperfect but highly predictable pattern. Christians over 40 were celebrating. Christians under 40 were mourning. Reading through the comments, the same thought kept returning to my mind as occurred to me when I first saw that Billy Graham ad: You’re losing us.
I’ve said it a million times, and I’ll say it again...(though I’m starting to think that no one is listening):
We are tired of fighting, tired of vain efforts to advance the Kingdom through politics and power, tired of drawing lines in the sand, tired of being known for what we are against, not what we are for.
And when it comes to homosexuality, we no longer think in the black-and-white categories of the generations before ours. We know too many wonderful people from the LGBT community to consider homosexuality a mere “issue.” These are people, and they are our friends. When they tell us that something hurts them, we listen. And Amendment One hurts like hell.
Regardless of whether you identify most with Side A or Side B, (or with one of the many variations within those two broad categories), it should be clear that amendments like these needlessly offend gays and lesbians, damage the reputation of Christians, and further alienate young adults—both Christians and non-Christian—from the Church.
So my question for those evangelicals leading the charge in the culture wars is this: Is it worth it?
Is a political “victory” really worth losing millions more young people to cynicism regarding the Church?
Is a political “victory” worth further alienating people who identify as LGBT?
Is a political “victory” worth perpetuating the idea that evangelical Christians are at war with gays and lesbians?
And is a political “victory” worth drowning out that quiet but persistent internal voice that asks—what if we get this wrong?
Too many Christian leaders seem to think the answer to that question is “yes,” and it's costing them.
Because young Christians are ready for peace.
We are ready to lay down our arms.
We are ready to stop waging war and start washing feet.
And if we cannot find that sort of peace within the Church, I fear we will look for it elsewhere.
Thank you for posting this. I was shocked to find a (younger) member of my own conservative church condemning the Chik Fil A appreciation day, & these were some of her reasons. Great rebuttals here.
Thanks kindly - and for your sound thinking. Good for you that you rose to the opportunity and took advantage of such a chance.
This is not ancient history, or Sunday School thought-games. This is the real deal. Hypocrite or humble Christian, if things reamin as they are you will someday choose whether or not to kiss the tyrants ring.
“...the same thought kept returning to my mind as occurred to me when I first saw that Billy Graham ad: Youre losing us. “
So be it.
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